In the most recent announcement made in Singapore’s parliament was a debate about how stringent the selection of Ministry of Education scholars should be. This is with regards to the recent slew of embarassing cases for the MOE involving MOE’s scholars and teachers.
Whilst the Minister has stepped forward to inform that the current selection measures in place are already good, he also further went on to say that it can be further tightened.
I’m not a scholar but I definitely do pity the guys involved in this fiasco, especially the trainee teacher who is currently under investigation for having sex with a minor.
It is unfortunate that it had came to such a situation because he had committed the offence years ago BEFORE he applied to be a teacher. I find it unfair that he was sacked for an offence deemed to be a misconduct of a public servant when the offence was conducted before he became a public servant.
It was also performed in a moment of folly when he was much younger in age and perhaps over the years had grown to mature to realise the gravity of his mistake and thus, applied to be a teacher because he wanted to prevent such things from occuring to the younger generation.
I think it is impossible for any Public Servant to say that he has remained clean throughout his life for if he/she has, I’d say that person is probably the biggest liar. BUT the biggest phrase that would apply to all situations would be, “Whatever you do, don’t get caught” and under such circumstances, he was caught.
Having said that, if we’re judging such individuals by the offences committed after they had self-rehabilitated and passing sentences on them for it, how graceful or forgiving are we as a society?
Would the Yellow Ribbon Project even serve a purpose any longer now?
Given such a situation, WHAT IF we discovered one fine day that a respectable Minister of ours whom many look up to was discovered and found guilty of crimes committed in his/her rise to power, would we be as willing to judge the individual or would we be looking at what positive changes has such individual help create for others?
It’s not exactly an easy answer to reply but for what it’s worth, if we’re treating and judging others based on their past mistakes, we really need to take a good look at ourselves in the mirror and reflect on how we evaluate the system of justice and equality that we recite in our National Pledge.
Because if god is willing to forgive his subjects who have decided to turn over a new leaf, who are we, his subjects, to pass judgement on others?
The point I’m driving at here is that if we want to fault public servants, it’ll only be opening up pandora’s box!
There’s just a multitude of offences that we can dig out and I’m sure it’ll be so humiliating for the Singapore government that they’d wished they were ostriches!