"How come our Minister of State for Education doesn't know
how many foreign students he is educating?" - Coffeeshop Talk.
MOE clarified that the number of foreign students admitted to local universities is 4,218 not the 987 figure given by Minister of State Mr. Gan. Many of you are probably concerned about how such an error can occur.....was our esteemed minister trying to mislead us? ...Goodness no! It was probably an honest mistake. Our minister was probably busy with more important matters and didn't have time to double check his answer to the parliament. Our ministers are men of high integrity and noble intentions therefore they can only make honest mistakes. Hence, there is real no issue with the answer given in parliament.
On the other hand when opposition politicians give the wrong numbers, you can be sure they are not simply typographical errors but are sinister attempts to misrepresent the grand achievements of our beloved govt. That is why have to be severely punished with hefty fines for contempt of parliament. We can assume that opposition politicians are downright evil and dishonest as they receive no remuneration for being honest.....in Singapore, you really have to pay for honesty. Once you pay up, even the worst mistakes become honest ones.
Singaporeans are so lucky to have a govt that is so honest it can only make honest mistakes.