Saturday, March 21, 2009

Holy shit, he really said that?

BBC: Finally Prime Minister, I read that you’re apparently the highest-paid head of government in the world. Your salary is about four, five times what President Obama gets. Are you worth all that money?

LHL: (Laughs) I’m not comparing myself and I don’t look at these rankings. We go on a system which is open, honest, transparent. What is the job worth, what is the quality of person whom you want. You need the best people for the job and these are jobs where you make decisions which are worth billions of dollars. And you cannot do that if you’re pretending and you just say, well, we’re all in it for the love of king and country. We wanted to be honest, we want people not to come in for the money but at the same time, their sacrifice cannot be too great. And at times like these, you want the best possible government you can have. [BBC Audio Link]

Is this the best $3.7 million comment from the highest paid politician in the whole wide world? The words from the best of the best in Singapore?

"The sacrifice cannot be too great"? Yes, a frigging sacrifice worth $3,700,000 per annum with "no sound , no picture" when Mas selamat jalan; GIC & Temasek lost billions and Town Council did the Lehman Bro Special!

Sacrifice? For heaven's sake, the real sacrifice comes from the common NSmen and reservists (NOT WHITE HORSES) who are paid real peanuts (not the Mrs Goh Chok Tong's kind) for their priceless service to nation! Yes, I still remember the measly $60 NS pay which increased to $90 per month during my time! Yes, we did the "sai kang" [shit job in NS] for the love of king and country and we've been had! It's so sad that Singapore has changed from a country to a cuntry where no money, no honey? The greed culture set by the leaders is here to stay!

The day they paid themselves millions, they made a mockery of national service and nation building.
The damage is done! Whatever spin that they can come out with to justify their greed will sound hollow. The saddest joke is the "decisions which are worth billions of dollars" are just that! Lost through GIC and Temasek!

To hear the highest paid politician in the world come out with such wisdom of self-worth and self praise is indeed a national disgrace! Greatgrandma of my grandchild is right again when she commented, "Lee mai kui chui, lang bway kong lee si eh kau!". Roughly translated from Hokkien, "Lee (you) don't open your mouth, nobody would call you dumb!"

Or is it another case of "chui kong lumpar song?" [meaning: mouth speaks, testicles happy]

The "job worth" and the "quality of person" of the highest paid is beyond my comprehension.

I've always thought that "Fixing the opposition and buying votes" [link] was the main Job Spec of PM. Now we learn that "open, honest and transparent" self-praise is also required to earn one's keep.

Well, maybe he thinks he is just 'too big to fail'! [Link]

While they never get tired of their hubris, I'm tired of "pretending" that we are getting value for money from these minsters.



At March 26, 2009 at 9:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

For some reason, I feel de-stressed after reading this article. Now I understand the therapeutic value of your blog, not only to you but also to the common folks in Singapore, be they men or women. Keep up your good work or ranting!

At March 26, 2009 at 10:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When we have a PM who says that, can we blame his running dogs for the saying the following :-

"If you cannot afford your parents to die in Spore, then send them to die in JB. Afterall in Singapore, you only see them during the weekends so no difference if they are sent to JB".

"If you are on welfare, do you still expect to eat in food courts or restaurants?"

"If you continue to encourage your children to learn dialects, then they cannot be good in English or Mandarin".

"If the womenfolk save the money from buying 4D or toto (or was it hair perm), then they can afford to go for their breast cancer test".

At March 26, 2009 at 11:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, let me see...

so this guy is paid 5 times what Obama is getting

and he has 1 MM, 2 SMs (yep, just read that Jayakumar's been promoted, TCH is now DPM), 2 DPMs, 3 Ministers in the PMO (LBH, LSS, LBH) to help him, not to mention the admin officers like his principal private secretaries....

yep, looks like our country is bigger and more problematic than the USA.

oh, yah, he and the whole lot are entitled to about the burden we citizens have to carry, man, this is really solid shit.

At March 27, 2009 at 12:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, I am rather tired of his nonsense. The love for the people and the country cannot be measured by money. What sacrifice is he blabbing about? I did not know that he is that unwilling to serve the country. If serving the people and the county makes one feels the pain in the heart and well need money to act as a panadol to relieve the pain, then that person is not suitable to be in the civil service.
I believe there is still a difference between "to serve the people of the county" and "to serve for the money".

At March 27, 2009 at 3:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

'I'm not comparing myself and I don't look at the rankings......and these are jobs where you make decisions which are worth billions of dollars.'

Not only he laughed saying that, I laughed too. Obama and every other President and PM must be making decisions worth just a peanut.

Lost Citizen

At March 28, 2009 at 8:00 PM , Anonymous oldfart's legacy said...

oldfart's legacy is this nitwit at the helm, supported by countless balls-carriers.

At March 31, 2009 at 1:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I were him, I would have done an ostrich and hide in shame iso of justifying my selfworth, which is nothing there in him anyway.
Thank goodness for the internet and blogs like yours.
Without the counterbalance like yours' , I would have been tortured to insanity by the daily BS from our MSMs.

At April 2, 2009 at 8:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I am proud to be the Prime Minister of a country that investigates its Prime Minister."

Israel's Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, announcing his plan to resign due to investigation against him.

You will never see such PM in Lion city.

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