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    Quote Originally Posted by Papsmearer View Post
    U make it sound like Gay Loong is the innocent party here and that he received bad advice from his advisers. who picked those advisers in the face place. Either he did or people in his circle picked them. The fault still lies with the Great Gay One because he cannot pick the the right advisers.
    Strange. He has a post grad Diploma in Computer Science and was reported by the ST to be probably the only PM able to write computer programmes

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    Quote Originally Posted by red amoeba View Post
    Even hk who is ahead of us in terms of cashless payment is deemed behind china. Imagine the gulf.

    Cannot even standardise the ATMs, you have AXS you have SAM you have EZY link NETS cashcard .... WTF it's as complicated as our taxi fare surcharges.
    Nets is under Mas, while Ezlink is another company.
    Until they buy over and get rid of all the duplicates, it will continue to be a mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papsmearer View Post
    U make it sound like Gay Loong is the innocent party here and that he received bad advice from his advisers. who picked those advisers in the face place. Either he did or people in his circle picked them. The fault still lies with the Great Gay One because he cannot pick the the right advisers.
    A fool will always be a fool even if he's surrounded by elites.

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    Eunuch disease is what the PAP Gahmen is suffering from.
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    FEBRUARY 6, 2017
    INTERVIEWS
    Former EDB Chairman Philip Yeo’s latest biography sheds light on leadership pitfalls
    “Neither Civil Nor Servant” is a no-holds- barred biography on his contributions to Singapore’s economic growth post-independence.

    ANNE LOH
    Former EDB chairman Philip Yeo played a pivotal role in Singapore’s development from Third World to First through his work in the military, economic and biomedical fields.

    Known for making things happen at breakneck speed during his four decades in public service, he gained a reputation as an outspoken maverick who nevertheless got things done, from jump-starting industries to talent recruitment. He created Jurong Island for the energy and chemical industry by reclaiming seven islands; started MNC-sponsored EDB scholarships as an ongoing means to replace EDB officers; corralled the best brains of the country into A*star (Agency for Science, Technology and Research); and spearheaded biomedical research by attracting international pharmaceuticals to do their R&D in Singapore. The following edited excerpt from Neither Civil Nor Servant – The Philip Yeo Story sheds light on his leadership style.


    AN OPEN BOOK Through 10 interviews with Philip Yeo, and 40 with those who’ve worked with him or known him, readers will gain an insight into the heady days of Singapore’s early nation-building.
    What is the rationale behind your firing-squad approach to managers?
    Like Dr Goh (Keng Swee), I don’t believe people can change. So the best way to change an organisation is to burn it down and start afresh. That means I sack the whole lot of managers. In every organisation, there are three types of people: the emperors at the top, the workers at the bottom, and the eunuchs in the middle.

    The ruler says, “I want my pyramid,” and the workers are the people who build it. The eunuchs are the ones who shuffle papers. They don’t do any real work. Their objectives are to keep the emperor happy. How to do that? Keep the emperor entertained or distract him with other preoccupations. Eunuchs destroy empires. It was true in China and also in the West. The Ottoman Empire was brought down by eunuchs too. All they did was create problems between the emperors and the commanders who did real work out in the battlefields.

    (RELATED: What Lee Kuan Yew’s greatest fear for Singapore was.)

    Who are the eunuchs in the Singapore context?
    We call them “staffers”. I advise CEOs and top civil servants to go into the field, visit the companies and spend time with the workers. But many still prefer to hold meetings and presentations. They create another layer and it is a layer filled with staff ers. Soon, the leader will be infected with eunuch disease.

    What is eunuch disease?
    It is when a leader surrounds himself with staffers and he becomes increasingly isolated. It is a common cancer in pyramidal organisations. The best organisation structure is flat. If I’m the emperor, I would want to see the generals myself. Increasingly, the emperors in Singapore do not see their generals because there are so many layers.


    How did Singapore get to this stage? Is it because as society becomes more developed, it requires a more complex governance structure?
    No, it’s how the leadership has evolved. There are so many papers which need to be submitted, and then summarised for the management. Why can’t the leader read the paper himself? Dr Goh used to demand that a paper be no longer than one page and it must be written in simple English. He always said: short and sharp. If you cannot tell me in one page or in five minutes, it means you have no clarity of thought. I have no patience because a damn idiot wants to write his grandmother’s story.


    (1999) Economic Development Board's then-chairman Philip Yeo (left) riding high along the Jurong Island's new road link.

    Photo: The Straits Times

    (1992) Philip Yeo, then executive committee chairman of Singapore Technologies Group, at a signing ceremony between Wee Cho Yaw (right) and Anthony Salim for the massive industrial park in Fuqing city in China.

    Photo: The Straits Times

    (1998) Philip Yeo at the launch of the commemorative story of Sembawang Shipyard, Of Hearts and Minds.

    Photo: Lianhe Zaobao

    (1999) Yeo (third from left), among Mitsui top executives, at the groundbreaking of the Mitsui Phenol plant on Jurong Island.

    Is this a result of how talent is recruited?
    The organisation wants stability. There must be a balance with some turmoil. If it is all stability, it gets really boring and a maverick won’t want it. He will run away. You will get people who are honest and respectable, but you won’t get mavericks. These are the people who follow rules – “Yes, Sir, I will do this.”

    They are your obedient kids in schools and teachers like them. They grow up to be good eunuchs. They sit down and don’t move around. They are better than the guy who cannot sit still, the kind who has an itchy backside and will get into trouble.

    I used to get into trouble in school. I finished my work fast and I made noise in class. The teacher made me stand at the blackboard. I’m happy to stand. Better than sitting in the stupid chair.

    How much of this increasing bureaucratisation is seen in Singapore today?
    The management is too involved in day-to-day matters. They become administrators rather than leaders. Let me tell you a story. When Lee Kuan Yew was in charge, he called me to Istana one day. He was still Prime Minister and I was EDB chairman. I sat down. It was just the two of us.

    “Can you bring investments to Woodlands?” he asked me.

    “Can you put an MRT station there?” I replied.

    Finished. I walked out. Our conversation lasted less than a minute. I knew he called the Minister of Communications right away and said that Woodlands must get an MRT station. I quickly got TECH (Texas Instruments, EDB, Canon and Hewlett-Packard – Semiconductors) to get set up in Woodlands, way before the MRT station was even up. I pushed for projects to go to Woodlands. I didn’t write a memo. I didn’t have to answer him on how we were going to do it. He took my word and I took his word. He wanted something and I delivered.

    Today, ministers overwork – doing everything and appearing everywhere. When there were issues with CPF, the minister answered. Where was the CPF chairman? When the trains broke down, the minister answered. Where was the SMRT chairman? In the past, the civil servants would take charge.

    Now, the Admin Officers are quiet. That is a sad thing. In my time, permanent secretaries were permanent in their postings. Today, we should call them “temporary secretaries” because they get rotated every few years. There’s no reservoir of experience… they are constantly rotated and they have no depth.

    Related: Remembering Lee Kuan Yew – 11 Quotes for Business Leaders

    Stick to your guns - tactfully. Do not aim to please everyone.

    The crowd-pleaser is no leader at all.

    Embrace your merits, and acknowledge your characteristics.

    Trials forge leaders - not courses.

    Embrace change - not your comfort zone.

    Learn from your competitors, or perish.

    Risk and failure are part of success.

    The biggest obstacles are from within.

    Invest in your staff, they are your business.

    Do not be afraid to come down hard.

    Never stop pushing yourself.
    Rest in peace, Mr Lee.

    How does this contrast with the Old Guard leaders?
    The Old Guards were politicians. They built a nation from next to nothing. They didn’t care about the nitty gritty. Just get the bloody job done. Bring in investments, create jobs, build up an army. They didn’t have time to discuss with you “on the one hand and on the other hand”. They sketched the big picture, they told you what they wanted and they left you alone to do it. It’s based on trust.

    Do you think Singapore can remain exceptional?
    It depends on exceptional people who’re willing to serve. It’s up to the present leadership and the future generation. I’m concerned about Singapore’s economy. What’s the next engine of our growth?

    Is it tourism? But do you create good jobs with tourism? You don’t need highly qualified people. All you need is a tour guide. Look at Formula One. For a few days, all the chauffeured cars and the hotels are occupied. It’s like the Singapore Airshow. It’s a one-week event and the tourists leave after that. These are not sustainable, everyday industries. These are icing on the cake.

    So far, I haven’t seen anything new that can create good and sustainable jobs. After biomedical sciences, what’s next? Space? What are we selling to our young people? What’s the new dream? It is a harder job today for EDB. But we must keep trying.

    How do you think you will be remembered in Singapore?
    Not my problem.

    http://thepeakmagazine.com.sg/interv...ship-pitfalls/
    "The measure of a man is best defined by his sincerity, not the thickness of his wallet, nor the opulence of wealth" ~ Matthew 25:40: "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"- (NIV)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingerlyn View Post
    IRAS can also impose GST when food is paid cashless
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    This eunuch disease-when you have a little dot with 3 ministers in the PMO (excluding the PM) and 3 coordinating ministers-is it a severe case-esp when you combine their salaries!
    "The Taiwanese are ruthless, Hong Kongers are shameless and Singaporeans are ignorant."

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    Quote Originally Posted by borom View Post
    This eunuch disease-when you have a little dot with 3 ministers in the PMO (excluding the PM) and 3 coordinating ministers-is it a severe case-esp when you combine their salaries!
    What disease does these people have?, the 70% who willingly pay for these eunuchs? plus the entire " ImperiaLEE court"???

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    This is not news, because it is not at all difficult to make LHL look the fool.

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    when is changi airport going to make pubic wi-fi a no-hassle experience? where is the jiakliaobee lhy to answer this?
    6.9 k's of sinkies: kopi, kaya toast, kueh kueh, kio kway, ktv, kpkb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Narong Wongwan View Post
    .... Haha so much for smart nation.
    And sinkie drivers are still tearing tabs off fucking parking coupons! Are we stuck in the 70s?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eatshitndie View Post
    when is changi airport going to make pubic wi-fi a no-hassle experience? where is the jiakliaobee lhy to answer this?
    World Crass....wifi experience at Changi Airport...

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    We already know that PAP ministers and MIW are balless. So by definition they are eunuchs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhoven View Post
    Strange. He has a post grad Diploma in Computer Science and was reported by the ST to be probably the only PM able to write computer programmes
    His computer skills is to hack into oppositions servers, monitor YOUR MOBILE & ON-LINE activities....not for the use to serve mankind....but to make servitude of man....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Trader View Post
    And sinkie drivers are still tearing tabs off fucking( sorry parking) parking coupons! Are we stuck in the 70s?
    Can use the future skills funds to unlearn how to tear tabs off fucking coupons...even Singapore pools...we are still using hand mark coupons to bet...& "Pools" bull shitting on " Saving the trees"....till this day, they still have not terminals placing bets....how smart a nation...we are?

    It isn't a surprise that, people are still tearing car park coupons.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papsmearer View Post
    We already know that PAP ministers and MIW are balless. So by definition they are eunuchs.
    Yes. Philip Yeo said so too. He knows them well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papsmearer View Post
    We already know that PAP ministers and MIW are balless. So by definition they are eunuchs.
    In the U.K. , ministers resign rather than go against their conscience. This won't happen in Singapore. The last minister prepared to leave if they opposed him was OTC. Might explain why he was kicked upstairs to the presidency. They thought that was the end of it. What a surprise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satyr View Post
    In the U.K. , ministers resign rather than go against their conscience. This won't happen in Singapore. The last minister prepared to leave if they opposed him was OTC. Might explain why he was kicked upstairs to the presidency. They thought that was the end of it. What a surprise.
    Tell that to the new coming wayang, is it Indian or Malay President?...the wayang kulit actress....if she has conscience, step away from the nomination to be a president for she is slapping her Indian Ancestors in their faces...how to have conscience...when a poor kid....is shown " 1 million dollar"...

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    No worries. This Indian charlatan and fraud pretending to be a Malay will be subjected to the mother of all Karmas which will make Loony cancer relapse and diabetes look lame. Allah does not tolerate such behavior and the full fury of his wrath will be upon her.

    Quote Originally Posted by halsey02 View Post
    Tell that to the new coming wayang, is it Indian or Malay President?...the wayang kulit actress....if she has conscience, step away from the nomination to be a president for she is slapping her Indian Ancestors in their faces...how to have conscience...when a poor kid....is shown " 1 million dollar"...

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