At a forum for contributors to the government feedback portal, our dear SM Goh said this words.

“How many of you followed the latest tragic events in Japan with the tsunami…and then put into context our floods in Singapore against that kind of disaster.

“I am not saying we shouldn’t do anything about the flood. But the amount of noise you made with just sporadic flood compared to the Japanese. I saw them on TV. Very stoic looking. You don’t see them crying. This has happened, just get on, that’s the kind of spirit you want to have and you call it nation building."

My initial reaction was like WTF?

Firstly, isn’t SM Goh a tad too insensitive to use Japan as a comparison, now? When they are still reeling in from the tsunami and earthquake?

Secondly, flooding in Singapore was of a totally different mechanism from the tsunami in Japan. One is a consequence of poor design/planning while the other is a natural disaster and un-avoidable. So what’s the link, may i ask SM Goh?

Thirdly, can our ministers compare their salary to their counterparts in Japan and see the difference in the way they handled the tragedy? For whatever they are getting, Japan can and had effectively reduced the number of casualties to a large degree. For the relatively much higher salary SM Goh and Minister Yacoob are getting, getting Bukit Timah or Orchard Rd flood-free seems almost insignificant. The Once-In-50 Years excuse don’t cut it with majority of Singaporeans, for our expectations of the ministers are much higher since it should be proportional to the salary paid.

Seriously, I think the ministers are really not understanding what Singaporeans are thinking.