"Although a lot of people will disagree with me, I find the Singapore model attractive at this point. It has its imperfections if we look at it from theI responded that in the Philippine context, suppressing press freedom might not be such a good idea:
'American' model of democracy, especially because we are used to a free media but why not look at it differently? There is cultural and religious tolerance, the economy is very strong, the public officials are paid enough to make it justifiable to 'inhumanly' punish those who steal, and the people have this common pride in themselves as 'Singaporeans' to the point that they appear snobbish or even 'elitists.' There are no rich landed class to influence government policies, just this pervasive attitude that there is not much time, more money must be made but through honest to goodness work, work, work." - Ramrod, September 30th, 2007 at 12:40 pm
"ramrod, one of the imperfections of Singapore’s system has to do with the lack of freedom of its media. i don’t see how replicating that lack of transparency would help us at home especially after seeing how Executive Privilege is used to cover up corruption at the highest levels." - cvj, September 30th, 2007 at 1:09 pmRamrod then offered the following suggestion:
"I see your point there. Unless we can come up with a team, a 'management team' if you will, that can be accountable to run this nation, that kind of power is very dangerous indeed. Is it possible then to manage this country as a business, based on balance sheets, profit and loss analysis,wherein the team must present periodically accurate figures on how the country is faring? I noticed that our SONAs were not satisfactory as I don’t see any concrete objectives, timelines, and measurable successes. Maybe its time to move out of the 'showbiz' type of politics wherein our extremely psywar and media savy politicians and political strategists prey on our emotions and misdirect our attention from 'real' and 'serious' issues?" -Ramrod, September 30th, 2007 at 1:24 pmI responded with what i believe to be the prerequisites to implementing the Singapore (or any of our East Asian neighbors') Model:
"ramrod, a 'management team' implementing a sound industrial policy (e.g. Japan Inc., Korea Inc., Taiwan Inc.) is indeed what enabled our neighbors to take off economically. Unfortunately, giving dictatorial powers to the current management team means further enabling the Arroyos (or whoever from the elite replaces them) as well as technocrats like Romulo Neri. This is counterproductive since the best use of a dictatorship is to break the oligarchy, not to make them stronger. We need to go through this stage first before we can aspire to be like our neighbors.Update Sept-30-2007 3:28pm: My comment over mlq3's has been approved, thanks Manolo!
As i previously blogged and commented, i think the missing step is the necessary springcleaning that would purge the current political and economic elite from their position in Philippine Society. In Japan, the Meiji had to eliminate the Samurai. In China, Mao had to drive away the warlords. In Taiwan, the ex-warlords from the mainland had to redristribute lands taken from the Taiwanese landlords and Japanese colonizers. In Singapore, they had the good fortune of having to skip this step.
After Stage 1 socialist reforms (land reform and industrial policy) is in place, then stage 2 market reforms would then have their desired effect. Over here, we went directly to stage 2." - cvj, September 30th, 2007 at 2:13 pm,
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