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Did the British colonial government practice good governance?

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Introduction

Did the British colonial government practice good governance? When a government practices good governance, it means that the policies implemented brought about more benefits than setbacks to the community and were carried out efficiently and effectively. However, the British government did not practice good governance as they were slow and ineffective and many of the policies that they implemented were only beneficial to themselves and not to the people. Also, they were not supportive of the people's ideas although their ideas usually benefited the society which shows that they were not truly concerned for the welfare of the people. Firstly, the British government in Singapore was inefficient in executing its policies and setting up laws. This can be clearly seen from the state of law and order in Singapore in the 1800s. ...read more.

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Thus, it can be clearly seen from the state of law and order in Singapore that the British did not practice good governance as the policies implemented were mostly slow to take effect. Secondly, the policies implemented by the government were often only beneficial to themselves and not to the majority of the people. One example would be the trade of opium smoking in Singapore. Despite knowing that opium smoking was detrimental to the healths of the people, the government continued to allow opium trade in Singapore as profit gained from the tax on opium was very great. As a result, many people became addicted to opium smoking and spent a lot of money on opium, later on spending even more on the medical fees incurred due to health problems arising from opium smoking. ...read more.

Conclusion

At first, when the people suggested the government build for schools to train young medical doctors, the government was skeptical of the idea and said they would only build the college if the people helped to raise their own funds. From this, we can see that the British government was reluctant to accept ideas that were not particularly beneficial to them, even if the ideas may be beneficial to the people. Therefore, this shows that they were not concerned about the well-being of the people, which highlights that they did not practice good governance. In conclusion, it is clearly shown that the British did not practice good governance as the policies implemented were carried out inefficiently and many of them only benefited the British government and not the people, and even brought harm to them. They were also not supportive of ideas that did not bring much benefits to themselves. ...read more.

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