Finally someone who talks sense. Clinton has commented on our ministers' pay hike and his views are in total agreement with mine and that of the Young PAP. Such wisdom is rare and we should examine the broad ideas that Clinton Lim has outlined in his letter supporting pay hikes for ministers..
"Opponents of a pay hike for ministers should realise that what makes Singapore ticks with clockwork efficiency is the system of governance that has evolved since 1965" - Clinton Lim
Yes, we took the parliamentary system the British left us in 1965 and evolved it into an advanced form of government we see today..
"....Mr Lim Hng Kiang was trawled from a batch of 200 scholars and groomed over many years before becoming ministers" - Clinton Lim
"...I regret making the decision because, in the end, the baby continued to be in intensive care, and KKH now runs up a total bill of more than $300,000..."- Lim Hng Kiang, regretting the decision to save a baby's life because KKH ran up a $300K..
That explains the quality of the ministers. I'm sure many of you remember the case of the baby with congenital health problems that Mr. Lim regretted allowing to be transferred from a private hospital that would cost hundreds of thousands to a public hospital. Many of us and even doctors fighting to save the baby cannot forget what he said. His other notable achievements were telling women to save on hairdo, many Singaporeans remember him for that by calling hairdo Lim. After many years of grooming, most ministers have the same characteristics as Mr. Lim because they had a 'common groomer'..
"The system also prepared Mr. Lee Hsien Loong for 20 years before he became PM"
- Clinton Lim
That explains the similarities among our elites. ....all this grooming. In other countries the leader are elected, in Singapore they are groomed.
"Unlike other countries, few in Singapore aspire to be politicians...Wifes of politician designate were reported to have cringed and cried on learning the 'dreaded news' "- Clinton Lim.
That is probably because they look at people like JBJ and Chee, once you become a politician without all the necessary grooming, you tend to end up bankrupt because of bad luck. I'm sure Chee Soon Juan's wife must have cried buckets all these years..
"..And these includes recruitment, grooming and testing future leaders and how they are rewarded and motivated" - Clinton Lim.
Yes, our leaders are recruited and groomed that is why our elections is for estate upgrading. I'm sure these people are well tested by the system...many of them former civil servants had it tough. As for what motivates them, it is clear since we are all debating this pay hike thing, it is a matter of a few peanuts or plates of char kway tiao. ..lets move on Singapore!