Thinking Aloud

Looking up to leaders to tell the hard truth

People have come to expect them to rise above bureaucracy and talk openly about its problems

I hope the discussion on whether the Government has become complacent will not end with Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat's recent defence of its record.

He was responding to an editorial in the Chinese-language newspaper Lianhe Zaobao which listed a distressing number of failures that had occurred in recent months which it said had eroded confidence in the public service.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 17, 2019, with the headline 'Looking up to leaders to tell the hard truth'. Subscribe