"Life would be much easier for me if the Minister Mentor were not my father and Ho Ching were not my wife. But they are there. This is the way Singapore has worked. I think Singaporeans have understood that this is how the system works and they will render judgment when elections come." - PM Lee, BBC Interview.
I completely agree with with what PM Lee said. I feel so sorry for PM Lee for his predicament of having the best 2 of the fund managers in the country/world being part of his family. This has made his life so difficult. But still he is so modest because the same family also had the best telco executive in the country/world in the form of his brother who was SingTel CEO and himself, the best person to lead Singapore. I really wonder where we will be without his family. The British must be so impressed when they heard his interview.
" I am 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 the person whom you want. We 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 are pretending and you just say, ‘Well, we are all in it for the love of King and Country’. We want it to be honest, we want people not to come in for the money. But at the same time the sacrifice cannot be too great. And at times like these, you want the best possible government you can have.” - PM Lee on his high salary.
Yes, the leaders of other countries are all pretenders accepting lower pay and professing their love for their country. The PAP govt pays the highest salaries in the world so that they don't attract people who come for money - now I know why my leaders are extraordinary ....they operate on logic that few can understand. I guess AIG was also paying out high bonus because they don't want people who come for the money but cannot allow their employees to make sacrifices that are too great. Please those people who want to sacrifice a lot don't have to join the PAP anyway - they are not suitable because as PAP members, their sacrifice cannot be too great. You see the PAP govt already generated enough sacrifice in this country from those opposition members who are arrested, jailed, bankrupted and thrown out of their jobs. While the PAP members cannot be allowed to sacrifice too much, there is no amount of sacrifice that is too much for the opposition and their supporters. So we are led by PAP leaders who cannot sacrifice too much, don't profess the love for the country and have to be paid the highest salaries in the world but they are not in it for the money. Our PM concludes that these are the best leaders in times of crisis. I'm sure your respect for the PAP leaders will increase several fold after reading the full interview here. Singaporeans are so lucky to have such good leaders ....I'm sure all of you know what to do when the elections come.