May Singaporeans Wake-up One Day

In New Zealand service in public life is important: they are free of Dishnourables and Hollow Men.

As the NZ premier says:

“‘Because we, of course, already are on a high income … one of the things we’ve been trying to bridge as a government is the fact that we see these increases at the top end of the scale, without the same increase at the end of the scale where most New Zealanders sit.’

Ms Ardern said the formula currently used by the Remuneration Authority — which the independent body had no control over — was ‘not acceptable’.

‘Now, this move doesn’t save a lot of money in the scheme of things, but it does send, we believe, a strong signal about what our government values, what we stand for, and our determination of course to make sure that the economy is working for everyone,’ she said.”

We also learn:

“The NZ government coalition parties had all agreed to it, and Opposition Leader Simon Bridges was informed of the decision earlier in the day. Ardern said he was also supportive.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister currently has a base salary of about $NZ470,000 ($425,000), compared to about $538,000 earned by Australia’s Malcolm Turnbull.

…The wage freeze will see Ms Ardern miss out on a pay rise of around $NZ14,000 ($12,600).

…MPs have also systematically legislated to try to reduce additional perks like travel costs that used to stretch far beyond their parliamentary term.

Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson said MPs should eventually only get the same pay rise as the average worker, ‘in dollar terms’.

‘MPs are paid well above the average worker, so giving them a percentage rise accentuates their higher pay. When it is right for MPs to get a rise, they should get the same in dollar terms as what the average worker receives.”

This is what integrity in leadership sounds like across the political board in NZ.

Maybe one day we can get leaders worthy of Singapore for the twenty-first century.

Meanwhile, Puppet-Minister’ Designate Heng says he too was at the receiving end of Fake News.

Apparently, “reports containing ‘misleading comments’ attributed to him circulated online.

In a Facebook post on Friday (May 17), Mr Heng shared a screenshot of an article carrying a CNN logo, with the headline: ‘Minister of Finance Heng Swee Keat invested 6 million dollars in a new company that can make you rich’.

In his post, Mr Heng, who is also Finance Minister, said the report was untrue and urged the public to “exercise caution’”.

So are these the primary reasons (we’re being dragged by the nose into believing) the need for the infamous Fake News law?

Were such reasons touted and mentioned repeatedly in the case against online falsehoods/scams?

If other political figures were subject to such scams-in-the-making why were these not the highlights in the so-called parliamentary debates?

Are such posts going to be given take down orders?

Why did not these illustrious personages cite these as reasons to allow any minister to issue take downs?

The lack of clarity and obfuscation from start to end of the Fake News fiasco seem almost deliberate if it wasn’t for the fact that there is Incompetence to be factored in.

The more that comes to ‘light’, the more convoluted the whole Fake News saga becomes. We can be sure that this is not going to end well for all concerned: for citizens, for the country, and for The Hollow Men.

Apart from taking action ourselves at the ballot box, pray for Singapore: we’re going to need all the help we can get.

(Sources: Jacinda Ardern turns down $12,000 pay rise as NZ government freezes MP pay

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces 12-month pay freeze for MPs

Heng Swee Keat says report of him investing in company is fake news)

[Picture: Rodrigo.]

Sanjay Perera

*Writer, and founding editor of Philosophers for Change. Original posts: Facebook and Transparency and Trust. Related posts: Trust Has To Be Earned and We Need A Thinking Nation. For a collection of related posts: Kafkaville.

 

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24 Responses to “May Singaporeans Wake-up One Day”

  • MarBowling:

    Heng Heng,

    Denial and liar. No $Moke No FIRE!

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  • HDB flat worth ZERO @ 99:

    “New Zealand’s Prime Minister currently has a base salary of about $NZ470,000 ($425,000), compared to about $538,000 earned by Australia’s Malcolm Turnbull.”

    They only get paid around $500,000! Based on what Woody Goh said they must be “mediocre”.

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  • Aiyoyo:

    Come on!, how can compare SG to NZ?

    In NZ, they have more sheep than SG have people.

    In SG, we are more sheeple than NZ have sheep.

    How to compare?

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  • C’est la vie:

    *****
    “Fair and realistic” was the response given by the Head of the Hungry Ministers, when the issue of obscene and out of this world SGministerial wages was brought up.

    Suffice to say, … the “head’s” standpoint and stance leaves no room for doubt, … that this lot are innit for the big bucks. And the man singularly responsible for promoting and pursuing top top salaries, not in line with other governments but rather, … based on his “pragmatic potion” based on two-thirds the average salary of a group comprising the top four earners of six professions, … is none other than the founding father of all fathers himself. Bloody good job then, … that Buffett, Gates, Bezos and Jobs weren’t Poreans !!!

    The fact that their “sick” salaries was on the rise from 1973 and gotten “sicker” from 1996 to its current “sickliest”, … points to an electorate extending to many many generations and over many many years, … that should have been precluded from the polling booths. A walkover uncontested victory would have been more satisfying !!!

    As for Heng and Teo’s recent revelations in conjunction with their PostPOFMApropagandaProgramme, they’re designed for the same “tools” above, … best left in a toolbox, locked and sealed, … and stored away, never to say daylight !!!

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  • I like lyCHEE, hate LOONGan:

    First it was Min Jo Teo warning against fake news misusing her name, then now Min Heng, which Min next? Is it gonna be pm warning us against his siblings allegations?

    GE is coming. Surely he’s not going to sit and wait for his siblings’ more FB posting to threaten his millions dollars salary and of course unlike NZ’s G more pay rise, he definitely wants more pay rise for himself and his Yes-Men.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Singapore leaders have NO bloody SHAME to Dare look at 1st World leader in the eye with the Shameless salaries they Fleece from the people they serve…

    But then they are a SHAMELESS bunch of IDIOTS leh!!!

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  • Singaporean Kong Come.:

    PaP use fear n reward for the past 60years. Singaporean for the past 60years has accepted their reward n don’t mind being fear. So every GE, they will use their vote to play against opposition party. No doubt they don’t like PaP they will spoil their vote. don’t bother to give to opposition. They always ask, what can opposition give them? They didn’t ask themselves what the PaP do? They R good performer, Crying n sleeping in the house. When meet the people session. they R very hard working taking care for their supporter wife.

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  • oxygen:

    SOME STRANGE CREATURES IN THE WORLD must think that they must be handsomely or sexily paid just for turning up to work.

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  • HarderTruths:

    Just say at the beginning of the post or website that content contains ‘fake news’ for entertainment purposes (i.e. storytelling) and the legal requirements are met.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    @Sanjay; “May Singaporeans wake-up one day”, this one day has to be soon.

    This may be the last time they have the right to vote! This last and only right is what remains!

    Vote wisely, please! I know whatever happened may not affect you now, it’s only when!

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  • LHY becomes our PM:

    Hope this coming election, LHY join with Oppo in AMK and KICK out the “yew char kway” couple!!!!

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    America “Make America Great Again”…
    Malaysia “Malaysia Baru”…
    Australia ” Great Day Mate”…….

    And NEXT!!! akan DATANG!!!

    The Republic of Singapore “Change to Reclaim from an Evil Dynasty”

    the OWL has Spoken and HOOTED!!!

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  • Too Late:

    Not many Sinkies will wake up. It’s their Karma.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    I like lyCHEE, hate LOONGan:
    First it was Min Jo Teo warning against fake news misusing her name, then now Min Heng, which Min next? Is it gonna be pm warning us against his siblings allegations?

    GE is coming. Surely he’s not going to sit and wait for his siblings’ more FB posting to threaten his millions dollars salary and of course unlike NZ’s G more pay rise, he definitely wants more pay rise for himself and his Yes-Men.

    After the POFMA bill was passed, there was a lot of Fake News surfacing, including Joseph Schooling was complaining about “fake news” on him.

    People, please be reminded that ONLY PAP’s ministers are given the power to classify what is fake and what is not! Please don’t anyhow say news that you don’t like is fake news!! Just say “you don’t like the news about yourself”, you are not a minister, a PAP’s minister.

    Please be clear about this new law! If you insist on the news about you is fake, report to a minister. Only he/she has the power to take it down. Not even the court.

    If you are not happy about this, vote the PAP out.

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  • Of Casinos & Cronies:

    It’s the Cult of Perversion and its Occult ways and means:

    The Jinx of Bastardos Arrogante and the Desecration of the Republic

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  • Believe in 1-party rule:

    Sanjay

    To understand why , understand that for centuries up to today, uninterrupted, China has been ruled by 1-Entity system.
    This one entity was Emperors. This was succeeded by CCCP. The political flavor can change from Imperial system to Communist to Socialist but they are fundamentally the same – 1-entity super totalitarian rule.

    Totaliatarian is the word.
    So you Sanjay asked, why why why.
    History already proved why.
    SG has every reason to be under one party for a century uninterrupted.

    China has been proving this to the world for centuries and till the very moment and the foreseeable future.

    What is controlling 3.5million people? 5, 10million? China controlled a few hundred millions under Imperial rule. Now it’s population is nearly 2billions. Still this mob allows 1-party rule.

    CHINESE DNA. Don’t under-estimate the DNA.
    Who can debunk me?

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  • we have a bozo as pm:

    he isnt even fit to shake the hand of the nz pm Ms Ardern.
    they are world’s apart in every way.

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  • Ai yo yoyo, my MatYoyo:

    Aiyoyo:
    May 19, 2019 at 10:29 am (Quote)

    “Come on!, how can compare SG to NZ?

    “In NZ, they have more sheep than SG have people.

    “In SG, we are more sheeple than NZ have sheep.”

    Wrong, way wrong.

    In SG, we have ONLY sheep(le), which get herded round and round chasing their own tails by the familee, with the help of their BriGade of PAPpets.

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  • Kong Kum Lan(g is optional):

    WHY SIMPLEPOOREANS KEEP VOTING FOR PAPPETS

    It’s been ‘embedded’ in Simplepooreans ever since they were young, as young as five or six, and sometimes even younger (two to four) in today’s crazy world of preschools and childhood (political) education.

    Rip apart- like what that stoopid IT aneh working at DBS did/illustrated in his online cartoon – every Simplepoorean’s shirt/dress and what is revealed will shock many a foreigner:

    A PCF/PAP kindergarten or preschool uniform!!!
    (Starched, pressed, ironed to perfection and stiff(er than your SAF Number One (ceremonial uniform) during NDPs or Inspection of the Guards when HM Betty Number 2 visits every hundred and fifty years years or so.)

    That’s how loyal – never mind if the loyalty-to-royalty blind or otherwise as it makes no difference to their PAPer guaradians (wardens?) – each and every Simplepoorean is really on the inside.

    And Xitler has picked up this bad trait – or great trick? – from his ideal political model of Xi-njiapo again
    (like his predecessors who learnt so many dirty tricks that inhumanely mass-control an entire population from the great Grandmaster, the dirtiest & underhanded tyrant in human history, the great Sir Dirty Harry himself, and who, delighted with the efficacies of Her Majesty’s MVPuppet & Chinaman-Knight, even sent armies of party cadres & ‘people’s government’ bureaucrats to sojourn southwards to learn from his well-trained, irreversibly indoctrinated uncivil service since Day One of Shorty Teng’s Open Legs & Reform Brains policy!)
    with his latest push to make the poor things & wrteched souls (since millennia ago, when humans started inhabiting the Yellow & Yangtse Rivers) of PRCers love Cuntree & Panty from even infancy:「Cong WaWa Zhua Qi/Get ‘em young!」!!!

    Does that not remind you of your own days in your neighborhood PCF (PAP Community Foundation) kndergartens? Or even PCF Pre-school for the younger amongst you? And now even Sparkle Tots (for Toddlers? Thoughts?? TODDLERS’ THOUGHTS?!)!!!!!!!!!??

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  • @Believe in 1-party rule:

    You are right !! Taiwanese do not have CHINESE DNA !! They are not China Chinese !!

    Believe in 1-party rule:
    Sanjay

    To understand why , understand that for centuries up to today, uninterrupted, China has been ruled by 1-Entity system.
    This one entity was Emperors. This was succeeded by CCCP. The political flavor can change from Imperial system to Communist to Socialist but they are fundamentally the same – 1-entity super totalitarian rule.

    Totaliatarian is the word.
    So you Sanjay asked, why why why.
    History already proved why.
    SG has every reason to be under one party for a century uninterrupted.

    China has been proving this to the world for centuries and till the very moment and the foreseeable future.

    What is controlling 3.5million people? 5, 10million? China controlled a few hundred millions under Imperial rule. Now it’s population is nearly 2billions. Still this mob allows 1-party rule.

    CHINESE DNA. Don’t under-estimate the DNA.
    Who can debunk me?

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  • Sanjay:
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  • Ai yo yoyo, my MatYoyo:

    Aiyoyo:
    May 19, 2019 at 10:29 am (Quote)

    “Come on!, how can compare SG to NZ?

    “In NZ, they have more sheep than SG have people.

    “In SG, we are more sheeple than NZ have sheep.”

    Wrong, way wrong.

    In SG, we have no peele but ONLY sheep(le), which get herded round and round chasing their own tails by the familee, with the help of their BriGade of PAPpets.

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  • Ai yo yoyo, my MatYoyo:

    Aiyoyo:
    May 19, 2019 at 10:29 am (Quote)

    “Come on!, how can compare SG to NZ?

    “In NZ, they have more sheep than SG have people.

    “In SG, we are more sheeple than NZ have sheep.”

    Wrong, way way wrong.

    In SG, we have no peele but ONLY sheep(le), which get herded round and round chasing their own tails by the familee, with the help of their BriGade of PAPpets.

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  • lky clown prince a dud:

    Ai yo yoyo, my MatYoyo:
    Aiyoyo:
    May 19, 2019 at 10:29 am (Quote)

    “Come on!, how can compare SG to NZ?

    “In NZ, they have more sheep than SG have people.

    “In SG, we are more sheeple than NZ have sheep.”

    Wrong, way way wrong.

    In SG, we have no peele but ONLY sheep(le), which get herded round and round chasing their own tails by the familee, with the help of their BriGade of PAPpets.

    We know the frustration. Too many New citizens.

    Local born for years about 3m+. 6.9m means more than 50% at any one time are aliens FTs PRs. These parasites, from ceca ah neh to rabbit breeding pinoys all making nicely S$ at courtesy of pap clown so of course their votes go to pap clown. But fret not. Nothing lasts forever.

    Like najib and wife under microscope, sooner or latter lky clown prints and lky clown prints wife shall be under microscope. GUARANTEED.

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