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Government scholar who broke bond dishes out dirt on the public service

Aaron carter

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Long story short, I pursued a scholarship because I once believed it was the best way to contribute to the common good. Totally bought into the sales pitch about serving the nation. Also, my parents couldn't afford to send me to university, so why not since my grades made the cut.


But boy was I so wrong. I broke the bond eventually after being harassed for basically having opinions… lengthy rant ahead, be warned.
Halfway through my studies, I realised something was severely wrong with the scholarship system. More than a handful of my peers on the programme were actually from wealthy families – from being able to afford an apartment in London, to flying home on business class. I remember once at the Singapore Seminar, a round table discussion where they flew in scholars and PS/DS/some official people to discuss issues surrounding Singapore in London. One fellow asked: “how do we solve the problem of lowly educated men not getting married and educated women not getting married?”. To which the answer from the speaker I can never forget, was “As with everything else we do in Singapore, low end import and high end export”.
Listed herein are the toxic bits about Singapore's supposedly pristine government scholar system:
Bad-egg scholars spoil it for all
Not all scholars are bad eggs and arrogant. But the ones who are, they truly spoil it for everyone else, therefore causing our asses to be hated by fellow Singaporeans for no reason sometimes. My former manager was a scholar himself and he basically showed disdain for majority of those under him. His treatment of foreign workers was abhorrent. One time I recalled him yelling “GRAB ME THAT BANGLA!”, demanded that they sweep rocks (yes, I wonder if scholars have ever set foot in construction sites) and forbade them from drinking from water coolers. Step on his tail (sometimes in a completely non-work related way), and you might find yourself being threatened with a poor year-end appraisal. On the contrary, if you are the manager’s favourite, you could wiggle your way out of any shitstorm without so much as suffering a scratch. And as I obviously wasn't (or perhaps I was deemed just average in terms of personal ability, oh well I could accept that), I was criticised constantly for my “happy go lucky” attitude and for “smiling too much”…… gradually I fell into a pattern of fear of just being myself. The manager himself had apparently gotten 4 serious prior complaints, but HR decided to overlook them all altogether because he was our director's favourite. Which brings me to the next point:


Unless they commit a legitimate crime, they cannot be removed. Where I was, we had directors who felt the need to scold people at every meeting, put them down, belittle whoever they perceived as lesser mortals. Some can't stop commenting on women’s physical appearances, while others love to text at ungodly hours, say past midnight. An internal survey actually showed that about 10% of folks working at various public service agencies experience at least some form of harassment, however nothing is being done about it. Because, because … them directors are pretty chummy with one another! Who can you complain to, if HR is only going to side with all of management? This made me really upset when I thought that HR was supposed to ensure the welfare of each and every employee regardless of his/her seniority. Often those who had it the worst are the “lower ranked” employees – because the organisation perceived them as expendable. Yet these are the people most intimately acquainted with the day in, day out operational requirements. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we saw that we could fire the technicians, but not the directors. Whenever I attempted to advocate for the little man, I got treated like I purposely chose to be on the wrong side of the battle. As though I picked the worker’s side instead of the correct “scholar's side”.


Culture of silence
Honestly, scholars, you know when others like yourself are acting unreasonably, or being a complete jerkball. But you don’t speak up. You never call out the bosses, or even your own compadres….because you hope that one day when you make director, you will have their full support. Behind their backs though you would speak bad of one or the other, but where it matters – when they are unjustly picking on their men, when they are harassing others, you remain silent. You know deep down the scholarship system is unfair, it rewards those rare few who hail from truly privileged backgrounds. Then again, no one wishes to speak up, because why would anyone be "foolish" enough to bite the hand that feeds us?

More at https://www.domainofexperts.com/2022/04/government-scholar-who-broke-bond.html
 

Papsmearer

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This guys is referring to PSC scholars. SAFOS is even worse. Because these scholars barely complete first term of OCS, they now command frontline battalions with rudimentary soldiering skills. How many times they get wiped out in exercises? Plenty. But just simula. Until they get it right. In real war, where got such thing. They will get people killed.
 

k1976

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"Unless they commit a legitimate crime, they cannot be removed." @JohnTan 's mantra. Philip Yeo is being kind when he points out in his book that the whole system is rotten and filled to the rafters with a harem of eunuchs
After enjoys so many many good years...it is unwise to turn and bite the every hands that feed u
 

kulgai

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don't understand what's his gripe about some wealthy people on scholarship. scholarship is for good academic performers, nothing to do with rich or poor.
 

sbfuncle

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This guys is referring to PSC scholars. SAFOS is even worse. Because these scholars barely complete first term of OCS, they now command frontline battalions with rudimentary soldiering skills. How many times they get wiped out in exercises? Plenty. But just simula. Until they get it right. In real war, where got such thing. They will get people killed.
There is no such thing as war simulation. Noone in this world is capable of predicting and simulating a war.
Real war is all about the number of soldiers one country has and the power of their weapons. Any civilian can be a soldier at that time and it won't make abit of difference with using trained soldiers or civilians as long as the civilians know how to operate a weapon at that time.
Bullets grenades missiles and bombs has no eyes. Is all about number of human involve and luck to determine who wins.
Don't forget we are no longer living in the olden era going war with horses swords bows and arrows.
 
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sbfuncle

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The dirt that I can dish out regarding gov scholars is that we can remind them I'm literally your paymaster if they try to act bossy in front of you and tekan you if you happen to be their service provider becos many of them are deployed to be gov ministries directors:laugh:
 

Loofydralb

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Never agreed with the scholar system as eventually they will turn themselves first, and then the whole nation corrupt.
Blame LKY for emulation the chink feudal system.
 

superpower

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don't understand what's his gripe about some wealthy people on scholarship. scholarship is for good academic performers, nothing to do with rich or poor.
In Western countries scholarships are given to students with good grades who otherwise can't afford to go on to higher education. Only in Singapore do you see scholarships going to kids from wealthy families.

All LKY's 3 children were President's Scholars. Go figure.

Scholarships provide financial support for students to help pay for a college degree. These funds enable students to obtain education they may not have access to otherwise. Scholarships go further than being financial aid for many students. They reward deserving students with the ability to afford higher education. This could help them pursue a college degree. They bring brand awareness of sponsoring companies to students who want to jumpstart their career.
 

jsctan

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Workplace is deemed to be very corrupted & political if based on favourites & not on meritocracy. When management not apt to handle differing views, easier way is to shut up the voice.
 

Papsmearer

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In Western countries scholarships are given to students with good grades who otherwise can't afford to go on to higher education. Only in Singapore do you see scholarships going to kids from wealthy families.

All LKY's 3 children were President's Scholars. Go figure.

Scholarships provide financial support for students to help pay for a college degree. These funds enable students to obtain education they may not have access to otherwise. Scholarships go further than being financial aid for many students. They reward deserving students with the ability to afford higher education. This could help them pursue a college degree. They bring brand awareness of sponsoring companies to students who want to jumpstart their career.
Nothing to figure. The bastard was a hakka jew. Why pay for his children overseas education when u can get the stupid peasants to pay for it?
 

oliverlee

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This guys is referring to PSC scholars. SAFOS is even worse. Because these scholars barely complete first term of OCS, they now command frontline battalions with rudimentary soldiering skills. How many times they get wiped out in exercises? Plenty. But just simula. Until they get it right. In real war, where got such thing. They will get people killed.
they will get themselves killed and that’s all that matters
 

po2wq

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loong story shot, all dose so called toxic bits can happen in all coys la ... big deal skolar anot oso do such tings la ...
 

jsctan

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MOM really love FT PMETs. Earned points for company & themselves when their salary is higher than Sinkies in similar role. EP will soon higher be at least $5600.... financial sector $6,200. How much our brightest being paid now?

Starting September 2024, Singapore will implement a points-based system to evaluate EP applications. This system assigns points based on several criteria:

  • Salary: Applicants earn points if their salary exceeds that of local employees in similar roles.
  • Education and Skills: Points are awarded based on the candidate’s educational qualifications and professional skills.
  • Diversity Contribution: Points are given if the applicant’s nationality contributes to the firm’s diversity.
https://travelobiz.com/new-rules-fo...pore-points-system-shakes-up-employment-pass/
 
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