(Picture: Education Level of the Singapore Ministerial Cabinet)

It has been ages since I have written in this blog. For those who are wondering, this blog was inactive for over a year, caused by my need to focus on my startups and studies. So here I am again to present to you my two-cents on matters relating to what I wish to share to the world. Not that I find my opinions useful or anything but certain people are highly interested in my work for reasons I do not know why. So I dedicate this post to them, for they are my biggest (and only) fan who would even bother to read my works. If you are one of them, I thank you for your attention. Now onto my view.

Steering a government forward would require educated elites who can make the best decisions to steer a country in the right direction. These educated elites would be the litmus test upon which we can assess how a government performs. If you hire meritorious people, you will get better results, for their top-tier thinking and cognitive capacities would channeled into producing policies to enhance state performance. If you have the best people to govern you, you will see your country shaped better.

This was my observation of Singapore when I stumbled upon the above picture. The people above represent the ministers and cabinet MPs governing the country. If you can see their qualifications, you can see they graduated from top universities with terrific marks. The Prime Minister Lee Hsein Long himself graduated from Cambridge with a first class honours. Why bother to use the illustration as a yardstick? If you want to see how a nation performs, see their leaders and their team. With the capable leaders Singapore has, is there any wonder why the country is so far ahead in comparison to other ASEAN countries? They have the brainpower to steer their country ahead.

I have my own fair share of experience in leading a highly qualified team. When I led TEDxGadong, 70% of my core team were composed of Bruneian UK graduates. When I led Brunei Hall as President, I led 100% Bruneian UK graduates. The projects ended up successful.

What I can deduce from my experience is that those who have degrees have a different line of thinking. It is as if graduates operate in different wavelengths and produces a different kind of quality of work. In my observation, graduates would produce better results and are professional in their capacity to generate knowledge-based work. The only drawbacks are that graduates could be expensive to hire and harder to retain.

Looking back from my experience and superimposing it to the Singaporean leaders case study shows how meritocracy is that element needed to advance an organisation or country forward. What I learn is we must work to actively hire and coax people to join our team to generate great results. If we refuse to absorb talent and ‘blacklist’ them out our own selfish and egoistical reasons, our organisation will sooner die.

Having been an under-utilised and underpaid talent myself, I feel a sense of forlorn that my country does not need my abilities. Them failing to actively engage and hire me shows a signal something is wrong. Interestingly, I am not the only one.

There are thousands of qualified people in the country who are rotting away with little to zero opportunity to join the civil service. There are also people who are highly qualified but because of the system, they remain stuck in a given career or are severely underpaid as an i-Ready apprentice. Not to complain about i-Ready or the blessings but young people expect their government to do better in job creation but at this rate where everyone is paid cheaply, everyone prefers rotting at home, depressed seeing their skills fade and their mental health going down the drains.

So that is it. My observation. Take what I say with a grain of salt because I am a neurotic who enjoys writing. If you like it then support it by sharing to your close friends. Remember to subscribe to for more articles like this.