25 May '18, 3am

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung explains why free parking at odds with rest of civil service

MP Seah Kian Peng’s speech in Parliament last week has been widely shared online. Using the example of charging teachers for parking in schools, he felt that there is a limit to the role of market and economic reasoning in policymaking, and that we need to fall back on values, trust and moral foundation in our decisions. After I read Kian Peng’s speech last week, I thanked him for speaking up for teachers. I also told him I agreed with him that we should never allow ourselves to see things from a purely economic lens. Governance, running a public service system, is not always about taking a purist market-based approach. And we don’t. In fact, a large part of public service is to provide goods and services – defence, education, public housing – that are either undersupplied, or not supplied by the market at all. Our foreign policy is driven by core principles, not simply ab...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2018/05/free-parking-teachers-ong-y...

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