There were people commenting on the post that there is no need for a COI, and that WP is politicising the incident. All that is besides the point. The point is that it is the prerogative of WP, as it is with any Singaporean, to ask questions of our government and provide suggestions that we believe will make the system better. In fact, as I had pointed out in my earlier blog post, PM Lee and DPM Tharman have explicitly encouraged all Singaporeans to be actively involved.
I concede that there may well be very good reasons why there is no need to convene a COI yet. But that doesn’t absolve MOH of the responsibility to properly explain and elaborate those reasons to us.
In my attempt to heed the call of PM Lee and DPM Tharman and be a citizen that is actively involved in Singapore, let me suggest to MOH what it can do to salvage this PR fiasco that it has found itself in. MOH could (or perhaps should?) explain in simple and frank terms the following:
- What the threshold is before needing to convene a COI;
- Why this case hasn’t crossed that threshold while the MRT breakdowns and Little India riot have;
- Why the Independent Review Committee and police report is sufficient for now;
- State that if after the findings of the Independent Review Committee and the police report reveal that the threshold for convening a COI has been passed, then MOH will convene a COI.
With the army of corporate communications professionals working in MOH/the government, I am sure that MOH would be able to craft a frank, simple and easy to understand message that addresses the points above. That would go a long way in restoring public confidence in the entire process of uncovering the truth in the SGH case.