Dr. Lim Wee Kiak Enlightens Us

Nee Soon GRC MP Dr. Lim Wee Kiak should be praised for his outstanding contribution to exposing how hollow the rhetoric of change initiated by the PAP after the May 7 General Election earlier this month. Commenting on the issue of ministerial salaries, he said:

如果新闻、通讯及艺术部长年薪只有50万,当他和身价数百万的电讯公司总裁开会商讨政策问题时,可能面对一些困难。因为总裁们可能认为没有必要听取部长的意见与建议,因此合理的薪酬将有助于维持一点尊严。(Source)

Translation:

If the Minister of Information, Communication and the Arts earns an annual salary of only $500, 000, when he meets and discusses policies with the CEOs of telecommunications companies who earn millions of dollars, he may face some difficulties because the CEOs may think that there is no need for them to listen to the minister’s views and suggestions, so a reasonable salary will help to maintain the dignity of the minister.

Thanks to the wonderful talents like Irene Ng and Dr. Lim, the layers of make-up that Lee Hsien Loong has applied on the PAP leopard in order to conceal its callous spots are being washed away. Even if we were to believe that Lee is totally sincere about changing, we can see the overwhelming difficulty of the task. In less than twenty days since the election in which the PAP won with a percentage impressive by the standards of democracies but dismal by the standards of authoritarian states, the PAP is at it again, as though they are getting sick of the new charade. Same old illogic. Same old attitude. Now, this is the PAP we know. Welcome back!

From Dr. Lim’s words, we can say that:

1. He thinks that PAP ministers have nothing worth the respect of private sector CEOs but ridiculously high salaries. This may not be true, but it says something when a PAP politician thinks that PAP ministers’ worth are determined by how much they earn, not the quality of their contributions.

2. It is likely that someone earning millions of dollars does not take seriously someone who earns $500,000 per year. Using the same theory, it is easy to understand why million-dollar ministers never seem to take the views and suggestions of common folk. No wonder all our views are dismissed as noise.

Using the same theory again, even when a minister earns $500,000 per year, he may not take us seriously. Because most of us earn maybe 100-500 times less.

3. Dr. Lim considers a $500,00 annual salary low for ministers. Bearing in mind that people tend to cite hypothetical figures that are somewhat exaggerated for illustrative, perhaps we can say that Dr. Lim is expecting ministerial salaries to be much higher than $500, 000.

Obama earns US$400,000 yearly. Convert that to S$ using the current exchange rate and we will feel sorry for him. We now know why no one takes him seriously. Even when he says that Osama is dead, no one believes him and instead comes up with conspiracy theories about how Osama is lying to the world. To gain more credibility, Obama needs to at least triple his current salary.

It’s a harsh world we live in. Actually Molly feels even more sorry for Kuan Yew. Now that he has left the Cabinet, his MP salary is going to be so appallingly low that he will never be able to raise his head high again. Maybe he will be inspired to write Hard Truths II. But who is going to bother about it if he is not earning a few million dollars a year?

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22 Responses

  1. and he insults corporate CEOs too. Do all CEOs think like that?

  2. Take $50K/yr as a yardstick for all. Any Singaporean that dont make this mark. Get rid/Gas them like stray Cats & Dogs. So all things “can” be equal.

  3. Sorry, can’t resist repeating the post here:

    Yes. Mr Obama must be truly and utterly in awe and in shock about our PM’s package. He will surely listen attentively to our PM whose “package” is 7 times bigger than his. His well-endowed package, that is. “Look here and listen up – mine is so much bigger than yours!”

    As an aside, wonder how Obama or his Trade Secretary can get Bill Gates or Warren Buffet to listen to him?

  4. “Of the billionaires I have known, money just brings out the basic traits in them. If they were jerks before they had money, they are simply jerks with a billion dollars.”
    -Warren Buffett

  5. I was laughing at Malaysian politicians for making nonsensical statement sometime ago and I thought
    our Singapore counterpart cannot be the same. I am
    wrong. Some of ours are just as stupid.

    Nee Soon GRC like what MM said “You make your choice, now repent”.

  6. So from the bottom of his heart, we hear direct from the lion’s mouth that MONEY is the single most important factor that drives them to enter politics. And it was MONEY afterall which gave them the dignity to serve the people.

    And that MONEY must be more than enough, otherwise they have no DIGNITY to talk to other people.

    What a bastard that PAP has selected !

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  8. I think this guy is polishing on the wrong side and seriously undermining LHL’s reaction to the voters. Regardless of justifications and formulas Mr. Gerard Ee may come up with, the expectation has been set. If he fails to align the recommendations to that of the mainstream leaders of the world, his reputation would be gone totally. I give him the benefit of the doubt and he knows better that god is watching with the voters! For sure he can play the “Yes” man game but he should know that he will bring PAP down along with himself doing that! It would be a great shame if he fails the opportunity to put the country back on track.

    If Gerard Ee makes a reasonable recommendation but PAP rejects it, then the sports-light would be back squarely on PAP with intensity never seen before! Would it cause spontaneous ignitions everywhere? Probably not but the damage would be beyond repair.

  9. I do not think that poor people should see him anymore.
    In his own words, how can he listen to what we say?

    Sigh sigh sigh – truly repent

  10. “Those who insist on the dignity of their office show they have not deserved it.” Baltasar Gracian

  11. Sigh,

    singapore peasants are such losers, Dr. Lim Wee Kiat is just telling Singaporeans the hard truths!

    What Dr. Lim Wee Kiat has said is not politically incorrect but nonethless reflect reality which is that our society is a shallow and materialistic one and that people is quick to judge a book by its cover.

    If you don’t like what Dr. Lim Wee Kiat had said, then don’t vote for him at the next GE lah, make so much noise for what!!

    You think being a MP is easy meh, it’s a thankless job! Like what ex-Minister Lim Boon Heng said, “When Jesus healed ten lepers, only one came back to thank him.”

    • It’s another hard truth, but peasants are like that. They make noise all the time instead of keeping quiet and letting an elected MP do and say whatever he wants.

  12. I finally knew why we had to bring in so many FTs. Because we have people who cannot think in the Parliament, like this MP. By his definition, many citizens cannot have dignity when they talk to anyone, with higher salaries. Really, I cannot be bothered if you as an MP, meant it as a joke. It’s your responsibility to ensure the context is rightly communicated, else it’s clearly your fault given the sensitivity of the issue, and you need to publish in full what you meant. Dignity is a word that is many times larger than salaries, you idiot!

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  14. Kiak Kiak Kiak Kiak….

  15. Sounds like no one will respect Alan Greenspan because Greenspan pay is so low that reflect his low dignity. LOL. what kind of logic is this?

  16. what a loser. don retract whatever you say if you have the balls.

  17. HOW OLD ARE YOU, TALKING LIKE A CHILD.

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