30 Sep '11, 6am

Understanding meritocracy

The civil servants decide the criteria for meritocracy. However the civil servants themselves are nurtured in the same mould as their superiors, so meritocratic ideals are conformist, stagnant and become outdated, following the same pattern and lack critical thinking out of the box. Within our small island state, it’s okay, but when thrust upon international arena, our meritocratic scholars get beaten flat on the face, and lose out on foreign competition, and have to return to rely on the Govt to bale them out. The Suzhou Industrial Park is one obvious case. Same with GIC and Temasek Holdings. After making huge losses, the whole Board dun have to be accountable, they still sit cosily in their chairs, and the Elites call it meritocracy. At their pedestal high platform, meritocracy does not have to be adhered, as long as they are “with” the PAP Govt, whatever screw ups they ...

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