20 December 2012

Working in People's Association

People’s Association is a statutory board with a history of more than half a century.  It was established to promote racial harmony and social cohesion in Singapore.  Its mission is to build and bridge communities in achieving one people, one Singapore.

PA offers a wide range of programmes to cater to Singaporeans from all walks of life, connecting people to people, and people and government.   It has a network of 1,800 grassroots organisations, over 100 Community Clubs, five Community Development Councils, National Youth Council, National Community Leadership Institute, Outward Bound Singapore and Water-Venture.

People's Association Act stipulates that PA's chairman shall be the prime minister and its deputy chairman shall be a cabinet minister appointed by him (currently, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Lim Swee Say).

PA seems to be a place for the ambitious.

16 December 2012

Infidelity — A Grave Mistake

Like many people, I wondered whether leaders should or needed to have resigned their office after their extramarital affairs were exposed last month.

Isn't being faithful to an individual's wife a personal matter between the couple?

An individual should remain faithful to his wife.  Period.

In a monogamous society, an individual promises, whether expressly or implicitly, to be faithful to his wife for as long as they live.  If being faithful to his wife throughout their marriage is not a commitment that an individual is prepared to make, he should tell his wife before they exchange marriage vows.  If, however, both parties have committed to being faithful throughout their marriage, what makes him even think that his wife will allow him to renege on his promise?

An unfaithful individual can easily justify infidelity to himself, creating stories about why it is all right or even desirable (from his perspective) to behave that way.  But he is only deceiving himself because it is never all right.

An individual involved in an extramarital affair has divided loyalties between his wife and his extramarital partner.  It affects his relationship with his wife even if she never finds out about it.  It hurts his spouse and children grievously when they find out.  If only he had given pause to imagine the pain he would feel if his wife had cheated on him instead.  But unfaithful individuals seldom do.

Infidelity shows a lack of morals and ethics, a lack of self discipline, and a lack not just of common sense but of good sense.

Infidelity is dishonesty, a character defect.


This article was written using the male pronoun, but it applies equally to wives who are engaged in extramarital affairs.