Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Demise of Incapable and Uncommitted Ministers in Singapore

So what good has come out of the Debate on Salary Review so far? How has it impact Singaporeans, the taxpaying paymaster of so called "servant leaders'?

I guess most of us are not blind and we would not spend time touching any of the 8 parts of a male elephant: body (wall), leg (tree), trunk (snake), tusk (spear), ear (fan), tail (rope), penis or testicles. [Link] But lift we must the elephant with a salary based on the top 1000 in the private sector with a 40% discount. If that is not bad enough, we have to listen to crap of poor elephant (highest paid in the world) lamenting his lack of a White House and Air Force One. I thought being 'different' in a little red dot, he should be grateful that he has his 'Istana' and his SIA first class which he may convert to an airbulance should there be an urgent need.

The whining justification of the loss of salary is a 'rallying call' by LHL gone awry. However, with a whip and a house majority and the princely position of deciding the size of the bonus of those working under him, the recommendation of mintsters' salary in Parliament will come to pass.

It's been a ruckus but I have learned some.
  1. There is no "right" pay for minister, not even a ball park figure. It's a "judgement call" said the PM and DPM. You can pay millions and still get a lemon. That is why some PAP ministers were put down, some self-destructed and others demoted in 2011.
  2. If the purpose of PM Lee for this review is to get people to understand and support him and his PAP and to show how transparent they are, they need to do and not just talk. Opening a can of worms can lead to shit hitting the fan! It is a shame that he has now caused the drop of salary of poor MsGraceFu and her ilk and done zilch in "healing the land", "Come What Pay" - Quotes stolen from Denise Phua's speech.
  3. $3.7million or $2.2million for PM. $1.5million or $1.1million for others. Who cares? Except for ministerial recipients and Grace Fu who's standard of living may drop (but will definitely be able to afford $10 XO sauced Chai Tow Kway) [Link], who cares? Commoners like us just get a little wiser in knowing that the ivory tower is for real and not a figure of speech. Whatever money from our taxes that's paid to the elitist ministers is no different from the money we have in our CPF. We can't touch it, but they play with it, one pocket to another!
  4. The wrapping up by Teo Chee Hean is nothing more that another "run down the oppo" rhetoric in nitpicking CSM's proposal and other opposition members' remarks. He 'don't' get it or does he? Why can't those PAP numbskulls understand that WP's position is not to make a "song and dance" about DISCOUNT and SACRIFICE! It is the PRINCIPLE of paying it like it is and not artificially putting minister on a pedestal with a HUMBUG DISCOUNT due to their BLEEDING SACRIFICE! [Link]
  5. Don't do half-arse. If transparency is what it is about, simply list the pay and pension (if any) of each and every minister and MP annually. Do not come up with vague range of salary figures that serves no purpose other than spicing up the wayang. And the mother of all reasoning is: "We want to have transparency but we must respect the privacy of individuals". Is this the position of a self-respecting minister who sacrifices himself? Who can have the cake and still eat it? Another pathetic case of "Chui Kong, Lumpar Song" = "Mouth Talks, Testicles Thrills" = "Talk cock sing song"
  6. The fact that Teo C H went to the extent of priding himself and PAP that no mention was made of corruption is amazing. The "silence of corruption" is so deafening that it is puke inspiring. Self praise is such a fooking disgrace!
  7. His attack on Pritam Singh that Pritam was making a "political speech" when speaking about "dental benefits" shows the hubris of Teo C H. With his derogatory and sarcastic laughter at Pritam's comment (why PAP leaders have such crafty laughs is beyond me), the little respect I had for him is going to the lokang. Do not throw stones at glass houses if you live in one. Holy smoke! With his long yapping up the debate, if he is not making a "political speech" to up PAP and run down WP, just what was he doing? To nitpick Lina Chiam's increasing numbers is another venom that is uncalled for hit under the belt. Was Teo C H making a "political speech" or is he only working hard for his money!
All this time wasting wayang which PAP hopes will put them in a better light is has unfortunately worked to their own detriment. They have sunk deeper in the quagmire. With all their expressions and justification of their selfless sacrifices for Singapore, they have become a joke.

After all is said and done, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Talk is cheap. There are those who are willing and there are those who are not. There are those who join PAP for the money. There are those who already have enough materially but join PAP for the power, status and grandiosity, running with the self-deluding idea that they are sacrificing themselves and members of their family because they are earning less.

Truth be told, I do not know if Chen Show Mao joined Workers Party for the same reasons. All I know is Chen Show Mao and others in opposition parties take the road less travelled and stand up, without fear, against a callous and arrogant party of elites. I honour and respect him for that! He has proven that talents do not belong only PAP alone. He and other members of his team has shown the 'quitting' qualities of PAP with the giving up of politics by George, Hwee Hua and Zainal.

The speech by Chen Show Mao is is my favourite. It was short, sharp, succinct and put some to shame.

The debate got tiring and I'm glad it over.

Enough of moaning, mourning and demise.

Whatever hit or hurt us,
We can choose to be bitter,
Or choose to be better,
Better is the Only option.

To all, have a good one this dragon year!



At January 19, 2012 at 8:33 AM , Blogger Gintai_昇泰 said...

Datuk Fish,
You still have not rip the elephant's prick and BBQ it? Or you find it too stink, not up to $10 XO sauced version? Lol! Langgar Tiang lah.
Read my comments here.不见棺材,不会掉泪!/comment-page-1/#comment-484

At January 19, 2012 at 9:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was the sound of whatever goodwill LHL's apology earned during GE 2011, going up in smoke.

That was the shutting up of open minds. And the entrenchment of battle lines.

I voted TKL during the EP election because I believed he was the voice of moderation needed to bridge the gap between PAP elitism and the rest of Singapore.

PAP's performance in Parliament has now convinced me that there can be no middle ground.

At January 19, 2012 at 9:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are uncommitted and INCOMPETENT,they do not even know the size of the state run by 80 over parliamentarians.
Never help feeling that it is like 5 people running a small mama shop at the corner of a cofi shop. And yet, they are conceited to believe that they are top talents. They are like the tusks of the elephant, good for show only.

At January 19, 2012 at 10:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Autistic boy forced to take public transport after school bus fare hike

The minister are arguing about their own super high pay while many of us are struggling to make ends meet. SIGH...

At January 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miw's half bake argument really made me puke. They truely believe that we are daft ! They also try to twist the wp 's points to suit their arguments in the most uncomplimentary way !

But, we are better now with the wp's concise and reasonable arguments. It's obvious who are the real talents.

let the miw dig their own grave.

I'm sure we will be better in 2016 !

Lastly, thank mr fish for your blog. Its a place share be black is still black whil white is still white.

Hv a blessed cny !

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At January 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Convert your elderly parents to vote Opposition.

I told my parents that we had to pay a maid levy for the maid that is hired to look after them.
I told them the maid levy is really a tax on filial piety.

My parents (long time PAP supporters) was so upset, they voted Opposition for the first time in GE 2011.
And they voted Tan Jee Say after consulting with me.

Unleash the power of the gray Tsunami on the MIWs in GE 2016.

Why beg PAP for assistance with your elderly parents?
You are the boss.
You pay the taxes.
Why beg when you can vote them out?

At January 19, 2012 at 6:12 PM , Blogger Gintai_昇泰 said...

In my family only me voted opposition. The other bro migrated to Vancouver and one bro voted for MIWs. Both my parents die hard MIWs supporters even though they work like slaves! They got this phobia that Sg will be over run by our neighbors. They say that we are the only Ch having political power outside China excluding Taiwan.

The 61% who supported them are ppl like my parents. Now you understand even though 9 out of 10 netizens do not support them yet there is always this group of voters who will always support them. But then thatis eroding slowly. Time is running out for them.

Just got to be patient. They are losing votes everyday at the rate they are heading.

At January 19, 2012 at 9:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

After today's hard-hitting post, he is no longer a Datuk, at least a Tan Sri now, at least in my book.

Thank God for the Internet and sharp bloggers like you, Tan Sri Fish! Without the Net, their potent propaganda on TV5 makes the entire opposition team like a bunch of highly incompetent fools at best!

At January 19, 2012 at 10:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really sick and tired of the ogre coming out again to warn Singaporeans about not paying high salaries to the ministers.

Is he still not aware that his words no longer bear credence at this time and age? His same argument really puts all the goodwil that LHL tried to garner in GE 2011 going up in smoke as noted by Anon 9.18. It is sad that he is also destroying his legacy, if he has any left worth preserving.

At January 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When opposition speak, PAP say it is political. However, when PAP speak, they self-praised for being rightous. This is the ugly side of PAP opened to glare (always). It is no wonder even real talent (not because of salary) wouldn't wish to belong themselves to PAP. Not able to find talent? first PAP must look at themselves in the mirror and asked the question why that is so. I am sure those who wouldn't want to join PAP will tell LHL that they don't like his party, not because of pay but real talent do not want to associate themselves with all the ugliness of the party, downright descpical and self-serving with no logic and reasons to deprive residents of lift upgrading, threatened and engineers GRC and skewed the stat boards under daylight to be partisan and the list never end..

Obscene salary is just another form of PAP corruptin make legal, and such legality became crystalised once again when TCH wrapped it up never to be spoken by them again in parliament. Too shameful to further debate under international limelight, am I not right PAP?

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