"......your apartment will be worth a fraction of what it is, your
jobs will be in peril, your security will be at risk and our
women will become maids in other people's countries" - MM Lee
"....thanks to the PAP, many are struggling with high housing cost, worriedAs I read the arguments on various blogs and forums, all I can say is I'm totally disappointed with Singaporeans. Not only have the failed to appreciate the good work and sacrifice of our Ministers, they have failed completely to understand the context of pay hikes. Our MM himself has to step up to explain his system which has evolved into something uniquely Singapore from what the British left us. Once you understand the system, you will understand the pay hike..
about job security and declining wages as they open the floodgates to imported
labor drowning Singaporeans in the process. Maid? Singaporeans will never be
maids considering how some of us treat maids....we rather die than go there..."
How do we find our ministers?.
MM Lee explained yesterday that they were 'reluctant' to enter politics, he had to select them, persuade them and convince them that everything will be okay to get them to enter politics. It is no wonder we always see that strained look on the face of Dr. Ng Eng Hen & Dr. Vivian on TV. Since they well sort of 'pulled out' from their previous professions, it is only fair we pay them the opportunity costs. Although they were reluctant at first, after they join the PAP they somehow acquired this burning desire to serve the people of Singapore, this sense of selflessness and passion and this intense determination to safeguard the interests of ordinary Singaporeans..
The way we find our ministers is totally different from how Western democracies find their leaders. People like Arnold the 'governator' popped out spontaneously to volunteer to serve the people of California. He had to go through the baptism of fire - learning what the people want and to convince them he is the right man. After a rocky start, he is now one of the most popular governors around. I'm sure if he wasn't good, California won't collapse but they would have thrown him out and a better person would volunteer for the job..
Now you see the difference? Since our ministers were persuaded to enter politics, they need to ensure that everything is alright and comfortable. It is so unpleasant to subject them to harsh criticisms so we have to get rid of people like Chee. It is so unpleasant for them to lose out to their peers in the private sector so we need to compensate them well. During elections it will be horrendous if they lose, because they were persuaded to leave their jobs to join politics ....for the sake of job security, they have to win so our elections is meant to show support for upgrading programmes..
Remember many years ago when Chiam defeated Mah Bow Tan. It must have been terrible for Mah, he had to be in limbo for 4 years after that unexpected defeat. He was all along groomed to be minister and voters in Potong Pasir must be blind not to see his quality. Singaporeans get to appreciate this quality in the coming years he became minister later on e.g. he made us pay for defective HDB windows from our own pocket when he was in charge of HDB. As for Chiam, there were alot of tears that flowed when got re-elected in the last elections and many residents gathered outside his office chanting his name - I can't imagine this ever happening to a PAP MP. ....I guess the tears in their eyes was due the pain of foregoing HDB upgrading yet again. We have many Mah Bow Tan-type MPs/Ministers...and only a handful of Chiam See Tong type MPs in parliament today.
It is useless to argue that our Ministers can be paid the same type of pay as their counterparts in Australia, Taiwan or US. They entered parliament in a different manner. Their motivation is different from that of politicians elsewhere. I urge all of you to appreciate the way they were selected and groomed for office without much participation from ordinary Singaporeans, so Singaporeans should not begrudge their high pay as they have put in no effort in the selection.
Our beloved MM added another angle to say that $20M more pay is negligible compared with our GDP of $210B. Should anything go wrong our GDP will plunge by billions. Based on this I would like to suggest that we pay our security personnel at the Changi Airport more, we need the best and most alert people to look out for bombs and terrorists. If anything goes off at the airport and on our planes we stand to lose billions in investments and human lives.