t Double Yellow's Musings: <i>N</i>ot <i>T</i>op <i>U</i>niversity and Upper Echelons
The warped mind of Double Yellow craves for humor everyday. His daily dose comes from The Straits Times, The Sunday Times, Today, Channelnewsasia, etc. He also thinks that because of this preamble, this blog will never get featured in the local media. And of course, please read the Disclaimer before embarking on the journey.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Not Top University and Upper Echelons

I have re-trained myself today by learning two new ‘facts’.

First, NTU stands for Not Top University. I think its foray into the social sciences and design may not really be worth the $$. Hence, according to the PM, there is a need to re-examine its strategy. The best way to get your strategy evaluated is to supposedly get international experts. Why ah? The other allegedly top-20-in-the-world university that we have cannot do the review issit? Cheaper to travel from Kent Ridge to Boon Lay than from USA to Changi to Four Seasons to Boon Lay. Koray or not? Anyways, I think that the first thing that upper echelons of NTU did after listening to the PM’s speech was to call their travel agent and book tickets to Harvard, MIT, Caltech, Imperial, Cambridge and Stanford. Must get first-hand information mah...

Talking about upper echelons, the second ‘fact’ I learnt today is that one of them from a telecom company is going to head one of our media companies. Bidding farewell to the previous guy, the chairman said that in the then-newly liberalized media market, “survival was [the] main issue”. And the out-going head did an excellent job. I also say.... the best strategy to survive in a liberalized market is to de-liberalize it. Bravo! According to the new upper echelon who has taken over, the growth strategy for the future is to look to overseas markets. Hmm.... go into other country’s liberalized media market and show them why we de-liberalized ours is it? :)

Update: When I was doing my weekly wet-marketing the other day (no lah, not the one where I emerge from the swimming pool and sell some product with a powderful presentation!), I saw the long 4D queue at Singapore Pools. Since our PM said that NTU had to choose between MIT and Harvard of the East (as usual we copy the angmoh again), I think that Singapore Pools should have a betting game as to which one NTU will choose - Harvard or MIT? Its a good way to get the public primed for the future casinos :)


Blogger mooiness said...

Re: NTU - at least Sg govt. is willing to concede that sometimes foreign expertise may be needed (but sometimes that comes in overt discrimination against Sg locals which you probably can write about in the future ;)).

Over in M'sia, MAS - after many joyless years of inept management, the govt. is still not willing to concede that a foreign CEO may be neccesary. Ok fine they said, choose the best Malaysian we can find lah - provided he or she is Malay. :P

8:50 AM  
Blogger Beng said...

Hey dude, just to let you know, I've recommended your blog for the 31 Aug Blog Day. Cheers!

7:26 PM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

heheh mooiness.. true that SG govt sometimes prefers the foreigners over the locals but like u said, across the causeway, being bumiputera is everything... :) but sometimes i wonder why we need international experts everytime? surely after decades of getting them in to evaluate every corner of our country, we should have got some experience by now :p mebbe i am too optimistic abt the gahmen :)

Hey beng, thanx dude... much appreciated! :)

8:55 PM  
Blogger tausarpiah said...

cos singaporeans very chao kuan one wad ... you don't ask angmohs to come and evaluate they think bor bak keh ... you read the Forum letter about differences in service between angmoh and local customers?

10:33 AM  
Blogger doubleyellow said...

hey wows, what you say very true lor. Yeah, i read the service diff between angmoh and us... sigh! some things will never change :)

6:02 PM  

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