By: Phillip Ang
After receiving flak for its erroneous reaction to 20 complaints, AVA has still refused to acknowledge its mistake. It has the support of the mainstream media such as Today, a Mediacorpse freeshit, which titled the incident “Culling of 24 chickens in Sin Ming ruffles feathers”. Singaporeans should expect AVA to next claim that it has been misunderstood, or that it has never said they were not red junglefowls.
Besides CNA-produced “Wild City” which featured the red junglefowls at Sin Ming Avenue, ST had also published an article in 2010, “If you see this chicken, please don’t cook it”, featuring the same species culled by AVA. In February 2008, this blogger managed to photograph and film more of the same species in Singapore’s Sime Forest .
According to another blog, red junglefowls were actually spotted on mainland Singapore since 1993.
Like all PAP organisations which could do no wrong, AVA has assumed it could get away with such a blunder. But this is to be expected from PAP organisations where ministers and civil servants are able to redefine flooding into “ponding”, use ‘meaningless statistics’ and meaningless words’ to anyhow claim MRT’s performance had improved, etc..
It’s actually easy to understand the mindset of PAP-appointed ‘leaders’ because promotions are based solely on academic performance as well as their sucking up ability, not on merit. Organisations with such leaders spell trouble.
A quick look at AVA organisation chart confirms this:
1 Chairman Lim Neo Chian is a former paper general.
2 CEO Ms Tan Poh Hong’s prior experience was her 28 years in the HDB. After becoming Ass HDB CEO, her career hentak kaki because the CEO position had been reserved for a Colombo Plan scholar. Nevertheless, she managed to land the job of CEO, not at HDB but AVA. Unlike Ms Tan, the 2 previous AVA CEOs, Dr Ngiam and Dr Chua, had been with the organisation for decades.
3 Member Peter Chia is COO of Temasek Life Sciences laboratory Limited.
4 Member Yeo Guat Kwang is Ass Sec-Gen of NTUC.
5 Member paper general (RADM) Dr Tang is Chief of Medical Corp, SAF
The above typical PAP organisation – more like an echo chamber – consists of mostly PAP appointees holding key positions.
CEO Tan has 28 years of unrelated HDB experience and does not truly understand the organisation as much as, say, an employee who has been with AVA for years/decades.
AVA should not assume Singaporeans are stupid by reframing the noise-related complaint into one of public health concern.
By refusing to immediately own up to its mistake, AVA has now painted itself into a corner. Of course no one will be held accountable and, more likely, we will be treated to another wayang with more half truths.