Monday, February 6, 2012

It's No Fun Being Poor But Is It Fun To Be The HIghest Paid Politician?

This report by Al Jazeera was done in 2008. It's coming to 4 years since but are the poor in Singapore getting better today?

In his recent interview with Fareed Zakaria [Link], PM Lee Hsien Loong said, "If you're poor in Singapore, it's no fun, but I think you're less badly off than in any other country in the world, including in the US". Honestly, are the poor in Singapore less badly off than the poor in any other country in the world, including in the US?

Poor as in no money; no job; no home; no health; no minimum wage; no respect; no integrity?
I think it applies to all regardless which country one belongs to.

Or it could be poor as in no democracy; no freedom? Or heavens forbid, poor as in a reduction in salary for PAP ministers? Crying shame, the poor sacrifices that rich ministers have to make!

I just read from Martyn See's facebook this will-never-appear-in-msm interview of Dr Toh Chin Chye [Link] by Melanie Chew on why Lee Kuan Yew cried not once but twice in 1965 and had to take a 6-week break to recover from his crack-up. With a response like, "If you're poor in Singapore, it's no fun, but I think you're less badly off than in any other country in the world, including in the US", one would think that Lee Hsien Loong needs a 6-week break too!

To brag about paying oneself 4 times more than the President of USA is one thing but to show off the poor of Singapore as being better off than those in US and other countries is disgraceful! This idiotic act of arrogance shows the character of the person! It reminds me of  Dr Balakrishnan's famous remark in 2007, "How much do you want? Do you want three meals in a hawker centre, food court or restaurant?" when MP Lily Neo asked for more public assistance for the poorest of the poor in Singapore.

As much as he tries to show that he is capable and deserves the riches that he gets as PM of Singapore, I think he has gone over the top with such an atrocious comparison of the poor. For the sheltered, privileged and the materially rich life that he has had since he was a kid, I can understand his ignorance of the poor. Since he has neither been there nor done that, it is offensively impolite of him to utter such rubbish!

Even a nincompoop knows that it is no fun to be poor but how are we to know that the poor in Singapore are better off than the poor of elsewhere? Or are the poor in Singapore enjoying 3 meals in restaurants daily now?

There were 2 blokes [Link] who proclaimed that there were no beggars in Singapore and now we have the highest paid PM in the world publicly declaring, "If you're poor in Singapore, it's no fun, but I think you're less badly off than in any other country in the world, including in the US".

What does it take to change the essence of a man?

Just what does it take to change the essence of a man who is paid millions by taxpayers of Singapore?



At February 6, 2012 at 8:59 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Truly great POLITICAL leaders inspire loyalty by spearheading great causes.
e.g. Nehru, Mao Tse Tung, Abraham Lincoln etc.

Truly great CORPORATE leaders inspire loyalty by spearheading great salary payouts.

At February 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is utter nonsense to claim that it is better to be poor in Singapore than elsewhere. Take Hong Kong whose society has the closest resemblance to us. No old people need to work in the streets because the govt there gives out
HK$1000 per month to every one over 65. In addition every household gets a free chunk of potable water, and needs to pay for water usage only if it uses up more water than the given free quota provided by the govt. All seniors in Hong Kong can travel anywhere by public transport for only HK$2=S$0.35c per trip. All citizens in HK are entitled to maximum expenditure of only HK$100 per illness regardless of how many times he/she needs to visit the govt clinic. The poor and senior folks are all sufficiently provided in HK that they normally do not stay idle at home but instead go out to join volunteer organisations to help and organise cheap but enjoyable activities for other poor people. In stark contrast our poor old people have no time to socialise and have to collect cardboards in the streets, and also clean toilets and food stalls.
Hence it is much more fun to be poor in HK than in Singapore.

At February 6, 2012 at 2:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to our minister, the poor has food delivered to their doorstep.

But of course he didn't say whether this is every day or once in 50 years.

At February 6, 2012 at 2:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Mr FIsh for sharing Martyn's link.

I can understand why we are in this state now, it was the old guards that are the brain and engine behind our success. Without the team, LKY is nothing.

As one said, when the tide is low, we can see who are swimming naked !

Caught you, LKY !!

At February 6, 2012 at 4:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My eyes!
My eyes!
I'm blind.

I just had a vision of a naked ninety year old LKY standing on Changi beach.

At February 6, 2012 at 8:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i cannot believe LKY CRY 2 TIMES AND TAKE 6 WEEKS TO RECOVER i n shocked by this report

At February 7, 2012 at 1:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lim Boon Heng also cried.

But took only 10 minutes to recover.

At February 7, 2012 at 4:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

LHL calculations sum up as follows:-

Happy + No fun = poor Singaporean.
Less Happy + No fun = poor American

Further analysis from LHL words suggested that Singaporeans are happy being poor whereas American are unhappy being poor.

What the fook was LHL thinking that Singaporeans enjoy being poor? !!!

At February 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What the fook was LHL thinking that Singaporeans enjoy being poor?"

He does not think.
MIWs don't think.
They just read LKY books.

At February 7, 2012 at 7:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do attend an event organize by Transitioning on 11th Feb 2011 at Speaker Corner(Hong Lim Park) at 1700 hrs.
Gilbert Goh and his Participants will talk about the damages aliens are causing to Singaporeans.

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