Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Don't Shake Hands, Hold Fingers! Or Are We Not Paying Our Ministers Enough?

'You know, the cure for all this talk is really a good dose of incompetent government. You get that alternative and you'll never put Singapore together again: Humpty Dumpty cannot be put together again...and your asset values will be in peril, your security will be at risk and our women will become maids in other people's countries, foreign workers.'
- MM Lee - Justifying pay hikes for Singapore ministers, The Straits Times, 5 April 2007.

Assets in all classes are in peril. Some already valueless and dead. Where security is concerned, Mas Selamat still jalan. Are we having a good dose of the medicine now?

I saw the above video and I realised we should not have reduced their bonus and should pay them more. It's a bloody mistake! If we do not want a good dose of incompetent government, we jolly well pay and pay!

Incompetence does creep in when they are under paid.

After Dr Teo Ho Pin telling me I should be grateful and the show & tell by Khaw Boon Wan on Town Councils' investment debacle, we are now witnessing
Minister Raymond Lim, Chairman of PAP Manifesto Committee at work.

When he finger-pointingly tells me that I have to pay 8.5% GST to get a completely free bus and MRT service, it seems interesting and threatening at the same time.

The way he tells me that I either have to pay more as a commuter or a tax payer to help the fat cats profiteer shows how stupid we can be. Yes! Either way, we pay! I wonder if transport companies are like town councils. Do they need to build a sinking fund to dabble in toxic investment too?

Another observation:
Was he shaking the hands of residents of MacPherson constituency or residents of MacPherson Aids/HIV Halfway House? The way he shook the hands of the residents speaks volume of how busy he is or how clean residents' hands are? Or is "finger touching" a new form of greeting in uniquely Singapore?

How can we "bersatu padu bergerak maju or stay together move ahead" from bottom up if we keep talking down and dumbing down the peasants? According to some culture, it's bloody rude to keep pointing your index finger down at people too.

I guess the millions we are paying our ministers now is not even enough to teach them the rudiments of good manners.

Maybe to them, we are morons, happy morons, after all!

I guess the old saying is still true. We pay peanuts, we get monkeys.

Obscene peanuts = obscene monkeys!

How can we stay together and move ahead when every time we "Quah tio zin, tio pai. Quah tio ter, tio tai"? Roughly translated: See god, pray. See pig, slaughter?

Let's be kind to animals!



At December 24, 2008 at 4:47 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good one !! Can't understand why they have so little EQ ! This quitter to NZ is very happy that the ministers here are pai seh about the miserable 4% pay rise, and the PM who is personally worth NZD50m is donating his increase to charity. His salary ? abt NZD 300k after his pay rise. Much better value than LHL who needs 1 Minister Mentor, 1 Sr Minister and 2 (?) Ministers in his office; one to brag abt feeling so rich every time he sees his CPF statement.

At December 24, 2008 at 9:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget he also has 2 deputy prime ministers! One still sitting comfortably to catch Mas Selamat. What a waste on taxpayer's monies!

At December 24, 2008 at 2:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder whether he feels his inadequacy whenever people talk about his need to have a MM, a SM and two deputies to hold his hand. Where else in this world will people tolerate this kind of arrangement? And the irony is he is touted as the highest paid prime minister in the world at that. What a letdown.

At December 24, 2008 at 6:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am personally convinced that whatever the hike that may additionally come our way in this recession and retrenchment period, the people will continue to accept.

while we can complain all we want, the root of the problem is right infront of us.

At December 25, 2008 at 2:02 PM , Blogger family man said...

I understand why he says transport price is not directly linked to the price of fuel.

It is linked to the salaries of Very Important Cabinet ministers.

If transport prices go down, shareholders of transport companies will lose out - Check out the key shareholders of our "PUBLIC tranport companies' - they are in very private hands.

If transport prices go down, the GDP will also go down. And we need to know that cabinet ministers - their bonuses are linked to the GDP - so we cannot arbitrarily link the transport costs to fuel alone. IT IS VERY COMPLICATED in singapore. When prices go up - transport companies and Singapore Power and PTC / Govt pushes the point that it is linked to fuel prices. Now we know it is all a lie.

When Lee Hsien Loong and Tharman proclaims that Electricity tarrifs are coming down in Jan becos oil prices are coming down, are they right / wrong?

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