National Day Rally: knee-jerk reactions!

When I read this letter in the ST Forum yesterday I nearly choked on my fish ball.  For a fleeting moment I thought it was due to cataracts.

ST, as everybody knows, steers clear of any criticism of the government. 

As a regular contributor to The Forum, I have had my letters rejected whenever they harbored any criticism of the authorities.

ST FORUM

Sep 6, 2010
My Point
Where’s the planning?

‘The measures to curb property price escalation, transport congestion and the influx of foreigners appear to be knee-jerk reactions.’
DR GOH PHUAY YEE: ‘The measures to curb property price escalation, transport congestion and the influx of foreigners appear to be knee-jerk reactions rather than well-planned measures. The Government is in the best position to plan ahead with information from statistics on population numbers, availability of accommodation, number of commuters the system can take, number of vacancies in schools, and such. It should be able to regulate the inflow of foreigners without causing a sudden crunch on our infrastructure, jobs and social stability. All these problems arose over the years because of a lack of foresight and swift response.’

Courtesy of Straits Times

Clearly our ministers, who are paid millions, should do some soul searching.

Why wait till National Day to announce remedial measures when these problems have had an airing in the mainstream media for years? 

Why must citizens suffer in the interim?

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