Daily Lessons from Life 03-04 February 2018 - "Getting back at each other?"!!
"Improper for MPs or public officers to 'get back' at each other: DPM Teo
SINGAPORE: Members of Parliament or public officers who use their position or authority to "get back" at each other because of disagreements will be investigated, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said on Sunday (Feb 4).
Dr Lee had said that some in the Government have not been able to take her straight-talking ways, while among civil servants, she has quite a reputation too. "I even have friends who tell me, 'Bee Wah, when you step down, then you will know, these civil servants will get back at you'," Dr Lee said.
In response, DPM Teo acknowledged that MPs and public officers "will not always see issues from the same perspective" and that they will often encounter competing demands and priorities.
"When this happens, they should resolve whatever issues that may arise professionally, through reasoned discussion and objective analysis," Mr Teo said. "The Government expects public officers and MPs alike to conduct themselves in a proper manner. One can disagree while respecting the integrity and point of view of the other party.
"It would be improper for either MPs or public officers to 'get back at' each other because of disagreements over work. If anyone knows of either public officers or MPs using their position or authority to act in this improper way, he or she should raise the matter with me with the facts, and I will have it investigated.""
I didn' know MP Lee is a Dr Lee though I do know she is Professional Engr. She does, as ackniwledged herself, has a uncomfortable straight talking stye that can be refined if she wanted to. Of course, late x-MM/SM/PM Lee see no need to change his talking style though he was one of a kind. No one came close to his vision, wisdom n execution prowess.
Any thought of MPs or civil servants getting back at each other sounds silly n childish. Also, if Sgp government n it' civil services r clean n incorruptible, any personal vendetta by any civil servants against x-MPs will be found out n investigated.
So, hopefullt even without the DPM Teo's intervention, the due process is already well established n run on its own!!
Let's not put too much into a self-proclaimed straight talking MP's comments. It is no big deal. Ya?