How Many More Years Will Go by Before We Learn How Much the Lees Have Paid Themselves While in Public Office?

I am pleased to see that Workers Party MP Png Eng Huat finally plucked up the courage and asked a question in Parliament about the remuneration of the top 3 officers at Temasek and GIC. Since 2010, both in the articles on my blog and in the public statements by the Reform Party, I have been questioning Ho Ching’s suitability to be CEO of Temasek and drawing Singaporeans’ attention to the fact that her remuneration is not only secret but is very likely to be in the hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars.

In November 2018 I wrote an article entitled “Should PM Lee Be Forced to Reimburse the Taxpayer for His Wife’s Earnings at Temasek?” in which I questioned why, if, as Lawrence Wong claimed in response to Png’s question, Temasek (and GIC) have an arms-length relationship with the Government and the Government does not interfere in their Boards’ decisions, was Ho Ching appointed head of Temasek when there were doubtless many other better qualified candidates.

This is what I wrote:

Was Ho Ching the obvious choice to helm Temasek? Her Wikipedia entry says she has a First Class Honours Degree in Engineering and was one of the top A level students in her year. But there must be thousands of others just in Singapore who have the same or better qualifications. She never worked in finance and therefore would not seem the obvious choice to oversee an investment company.

Nor would it be a defence to argue that Ho Ching had done a good job, or at least a competent one, as CEO of Temasek…

Her performance as CEO has been mediocre at best, disastrous at worst, over the fifteen years she has been allowed to remain at the helm.Temasek’s claimed 15% annualised return over the last forty years is a fraud since as I have written repeatedly since 2012, it depends on the fact that Temasek’s legacy assets were injected at below book value by the Ministry of Finance which produced enormous gains when the companies were subsequently floated.  We have no insight into how Temasek is really doing since it is under no obligation to publish accounts. About 40% of its portfolio is unlisted assets where valuations are often determined by the last price paid even where the buyer is the fund owning the asset.  Even on its own figures, Temasek’s average annualised return over the last ten years is only 5% p.a or just over 60% compounded. Over the same period the S&P500 has tripled, or an annualised return of a little under 12%. Along the way we have have had astonishing errors of judgement such as the decision to buy out Olam’s equity at a high price when the equity was probably worthless

In 2009, after Temasek suffered a loss of at least 40% in the financial crisis,  there was the charade of hiring Chip Goodyear as a successor to Ho Ching, who then left abruptly before taking over with an undisclosed payoff in return for a Non-Disclosure Agreement. In Parliament then Finance Minister Tharman famously refused to disclose why he left and what his payoff was.  In his last year as CEO of BHP Billiton he earned in excess of S$50 million. I suspect that this was nothing more than an elaborate benchmarking exercise to justify hiking Ho Ching’s compensation. I have long said that she probably earns in excess of S$100 million p.a. and possibly much more in the form of long-term incentive plans. Why did the Temasek Board not look for other better qualified candidates rather than taking the decision to reappoint Ho Ching?

Most Singaporeans cannot get their head around comprehend the mind-boggling magnitude of Ho Ching’s likely earnings. For too long their anger has been focussed on the still obscene but relative peanuts of the compensation of the PM and his ministers. While completely unjustified by objective benchmarking against other heads of government, I have said that the $3 million total compensation of the PM is without question only the tip of the iceberg as far as his and his wife’s earnings and assets are concerned.

So why have WP finally asked this question when for years they have behaved like good little boys and girls in Parliament and not questioned how much the ruling family are paying themselves out of state resources under the guise of being public servants? I remember during the 1995 Nassim Jade scandal my dad asked Low Thia Kiang to ask a series of questions in Parliament to establish that the discounts that LKY, his wife and son, the current PM Lee Hsien Loong, received from Hotel Properties Limited would be presumed as corrupt under Section 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Low declined to ask the questions, proving his usefulness to the PAP, who reciprocated by moving to exclude him and the WP from the defamation suits brought by the so-called Tamil “worthies” and Jayakumar which achieved the objective of removing my dad from Parliament. In fact, at his final press conference, my dad said LKY was very pleased with Low Thia Kiang for having got rid of JBJ from WP.

I believe WP’s new found focus and courage (for them) stems from conversations I had with Pritam, Sylvia and Dennis Tan when we were in Armenia last year at the invitation of the Prosperous Armenia Party. A number of Singapore political parties were invited, including WP, Reform Party, SPP and PAP. I asked Sylvia why she hadn’t asked about Ho Ching’s remuneration and she said she thought it was in Temasek’s annual report. When I insisted it was not, she said that she would check and if it was not she would consider asking a question about it. However when I asked Dennis Tan whether he would ask a question, he frostily said that Ho Ching’s remuneration was not a fit subject for Parliamentary questions. WP’s new found courage probably stems from the fact that they have seen how many times I have questioned why Ho Ching was appointed to lead Temasek and have not yet been sued. In fact I have continued to point to the gaps in the Government’s Budget, the fake accounting and the missing assets and nothing has happened to me.

If I am wrong about the likely billions of dollars Ho Ching has been paid, then why has the Government refused to tell us her earnings? Why is it a state secret? It is both grossly arrogant and insulting to Singaporeans’ intelligence for Lawrence Wong to pretend that the Government, as the sole shareholder of both Temasek and GIC, does not decide the compensation received by the CEO and Chairman as well as the other top officers. To quote from my article again:

Of course Lee Hsien Loong did not appoint his wife directly. The board of Temasek appointed her. Temasek says on its website that:

Our shareholder’s [the Ministry of Finance] right under the Singapore Companies Act to appoint, reappoint or remove our Board members is subject to the President’s concurrence. The Board’s appointment or removal of the CEO is also subject to the President’s concurrence. These constraints are part of the “second key” concept, to safeguard the integrity of our Board and CEO in protecting Temasek’s past reserves.

However as we know the President is a puppet who can be removed from office on a 2/3s vote of Parliament. When the PM is threatened by the election of someone who might provide the smallest shred of opposition to his wishes, he changes the rules as he did to ensure Halimah Yaacob was elected instead of  Dr. Tan Cheng Bock.

The Board of Temasek is similarly made up of people who are either ex-PAP ministers, MPs, civil servants and executives of GLCs with a few crony capitalists such as Philip Ng, whose property business depends on keeping on the right side of the PM, and a sprinkling of foreign CEOs and investors who would not wish to jeopardise the the tax benefits their investments in Singapore enjoy. I wrote about this in 2012 in “A Case of the Pot Calling the Kettle Black?”  All of these people, who are dependent on the PAP Government and the PM for patronage, would not stand in the way of his wife’s appointment. 

At least the fact that the WP have asked a question for the first time is a breakthrough of sorts. But Singaporeans still seem to have little interest in what their leaders are making and, in particular, the wealth the Lee dynasty has accumulated. The PAP abolished death duties so that Singaporeans would not be able to find out the assets of LKY’s wife and, later, of LKY himself. The PM is able to get away with concealing his wife’s salary and his family’s assets because Singaporeans let him, presumably because they think it disrespectful for lesser mortals, as Charles Chong put it, to ask how much their rulers have made. I remember at GE2015, when I had made a speech questioning the Lees’ huge hidden wealth and how they had managed to accumulate so much, the civil servants from state media seemed shocked. Instead Singaporeans are fooled by images of our humble first family picnicking in the Botanic Garden and the $15 ITE handbag that Ho Ching took to the dinner with President Obama into thinking that the royal couple are one of us. And because they gullibly swallow these carefully crafted images of austerity, Singaporeans are quite content to receive a few hundred dollars in handouts each Budget while being told that taxes have to go up while at the same time even a conservative analysis of the Government’s finances shows that in the absence of fraud or extreme mismanagement there must be trillions of dollars in net assets including land and over a trillion dollars in reserves.

Hopefully Singaporeans will realise by the next election that the only reason that Ministers like Lawrence Wong (and before him Tharman Shanmuguratnam) can get away with concealing facts and contemptuously stonewalling questions is because Singaporeans let them. In a democracy the people have the right to know how much their public servants are paid and to hold them accountable for poor performance. The timid mice that consider themselves to be in coalition with the PAP (despite last week’s questions) are not going to change that. Only electing real Opposition will.

 

Kenneth Jeyaretnam

* The author blogs at https://kenjeyaretnam.com/.

 

 

 

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28 Responses to “How Many More Years Will Go by Before We Learn How Much the Lees Have Paid Themselves While in Public Office?”

  • MarBowling:

    Mother of all Great Hard Truths by Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam!

    Mai Hum has said “THEY ARE THE SERVANTS AND WE THE CITIZEN AND VOTERS ARE THEIR MASTERS”! And yet as the MASTERS, WE DON’T KNOW AND NOT ALLOWED TO KNOW THE SALARIES OF THOSE BUNCH OF (PAPGIS)SERVANTS!

    Think President D Trump and President XJP must be rolling on the floor laughing non-stop! Same do Dr M and the just re-elected Indonesian President Joko!

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  • Only votes count. Qs useless.:

    Since the Qin dynasty, we know that questions in official courts are useless.

    Questioner: Isn’t this a deer?
    Dictator: No, it’s a grand horse.

    Questioner: Isn’t this a clear conflict of interest?
    Dictator: No, we are immortal superior persons. Our minds can never have conflict of interest, unlike you mortal commoner.

    Only power counts. No votes, no power. Got votes, got power.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    @Kenneth; Singaporeans are afraid to know for their own health. Many might have a heart attack on the spot, where they stood!

    I always admire Malaysians ability to sense something was not right with 1MDB despite the veil over it, with cronies surrounding the cookie jar.

    Singaporeans, despite having higher qualification in comparison, cannot tell what’s happening to the Reserve, GIC, GLC, CPF and how much taxpayers are paying its CEOs.

    Did Singaporeans ever ask why a family’s lawyer become the Attorney General? Why a wife of a minister appointed an auditor general. Why an Indian was selected as a Malay President? Why a dummy was appointed as Finance Minister, who is promised to be next PM?

    Do Singaporeans sense anything, anything at all?

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  • C’est la vie:

    *****
    Great piece !!!

    But, … millions upon millions of Poreans are still trying to figure out what a lease is whilst not questioning, paying for land that’ll never be theirs, … one can swiftly surmise that this matter of Ching’s state secret sugared salary will be a gazillion miles above their “grade/levels” !!!

    Pathetic but nonetheless, … pathetically true !!!
    ***
    *****

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  • oxygen:

    DIDN’T MP PNG ENG HUAT also asked about the “FAKE NEWS” of $22m “allegedly missing” claimed by PAPpypolitics in that Punggol by-election during the last parliamentary sitting on POFMA?

    What reply (if any) did MP Png Eng Huat got? Or was that swept aside of DIAM DIAM DIAM by calling for a vote on POFMA (shutting down Mr. Png Eng Huat in that process)??

    News can also be FAKE by concealment of truth and reality. Am I wrong?

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  • I like lyCHEE, hate LOONGan:

    Many sporeans are proud that sg is one of the least corrupted country in the world. BUT they fail to realise that sg is seen as least corrupted only because daft and apolitical singaporeans gave the greedy people power and allowed them to leegally take/pay themselves whatever amount of money they want to.

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  • Went to Japan:

    Nothing much you can do these days, 70% voted them and let them decide how to screw Singaporeans.

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  • Haigen-Diaz:

    Your post is perfect, I salute you for not mincing words about the pathetic state of our (political) culture. Frankly, the explanation is very simple – illiterate moronity of Singaporeans.

    Four main reasons why the country is in trouble:

    1) The majority are too wrapped up in their daily lives to take the time and trouble. With POFMA, it will only get worse.

    2) Propaganda techniques used by Hitler & Stalin work. They are repeated and repeated and shouted till it becomes a fact in people’s minds. The conscienceless ease with which the right uses lies to advance their interests and the willingness of media to repeat those lies.

    3) Utilization of archetypal class warfare tactics. This ‘divide and rule’ strategy works very well to keep the privileged in power at the expense of everyone else.

    4) We need a strong Opposition. Americans have never trusted government which is the reason they split power into competing branches, Democrats and Republicans, and also created a Bill of Rights that nails down certain protections mostly from government action. How?

    Further is to always be vigilant to whenever possible recognize that governments work best as our servants rather than we foolishly laying down and Trusting them . ….

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  • TruBlu:

    Where have all the Good Leaders gone?
    Long time passing.

    To Serve is to give,not to take from the People.

    Sad,the gahmen behave otherwise.

    Time for Change.

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  • Bobo:

    Can do a survey on various groups of adults then we will know Singaporeans are still living in their own world. They remained naive, ignorance, forgetful and easily contented with the ruling party. 30% felt very sad and sorry to our oppositions who are genuine to serve.

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  • Well00:

    Only can happen in SG…

    Legalised corruptn. So long its legal…sure why not?
    Continue to pay themselves millions & billionss$$$

    All these years, obvious that theres direct conflict if interest…
    Remember, many years back, tat LHL talk abt this conflict of interest… but guess what…. all slowly sweep undr carpet

    U talk & ask more, piss him off & he’ll sue U tol U completely broke & force U to get out of SG islamd

    ‘Legalised’ corruptn… only cn happen n llow to happen here,,in SG.
    Evn his own siblings xut tjes with him!!!!!

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  • Democracy Unwanted:

    Dear KJ

    The People never asked that their wealth be reported.
    This is the will of the people.

    If the people wanted democracy, they would have allowed some more seats to be Opposition seats. Eg the By-Election of Bukit Batoks. The people said NO !

    The people made all these choices.
    They are so consistent they never failed to elect PAP as ruling party who win by landslides after landslides.

    The PAP did not gave themselves the power. Its your people. The people of singapore.

    A super minority of singaporeans never understood that the people do not want a system where if PAP fails a shadow gov takes over. They always wanted a ONE -PARTY STATE.

    I dare to claim that even if the Constitution is changed fundamentally to disallow elections, the super majority will support whatever the garmemt do.

    China has 20% world population. China proved democracy is not needed. The people also do not need people power. Singaporeans bahaved likewise. Maybe it’s the Chinese Genes.

    Since the people show all the signs that says they do not need nor want democracy, i PROPHECISE that the garment may, in future, change the constitution to suit the will of the people.

    So, KJ you are fighting for WHO ?
    The people never wanted a two party system .
    So, opposition has been banging in the wrong hole.

    I am migrating because there is no democracy to hope for. This country belongs to the majority. So be it. I cannot find any compelling reason to want to defend these people. I respect their Preference of this type of political system but i cannot love such a country and its people. I must leave Singapore.
    Singapore is not my final destination. I do not care what happens to sg.

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  • forked tongue:

    Well00:
    Only can happen in SG…

    Legalised corruptn. …

    ‘Legalised’ corruptn… only cn happen n llow to happen here,,in SG.
    Evn his own siblings xut tjes with him!!!!!

    So true. So well said. With a S$m you scratch my back I scratch yours pliant parleeement, theft anywhere else in the world becomes legal in clown pap.

    only 70% sheep can fix the problem. if they want to. if not, then, the rot becomes worse and the harm deeper.

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  • William C:

    Sinkies are uniqued. They don’t care about all these. As long as they have a job, an income, a HDB, kids going to schools, able to travel for holiday, they don’t give a damn because they vote not for the future but on status quo.

    Jobless lagi will vote PAP. They think without PAP, they will be worse off. They choose the brand name PAP.

    PAP understand the jobless behavior. This is why they bring in foreigners to steal your lunch. So, jobless will vote them, and new citizens will vote them. Bao Jiak

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  • Ho, ho, ho! HoLee Baloney?:

    I have said this countless times before, and I will say it again:

    Your first family (for the last sixty years) possesses wealth so comically
    - as some eternal, ‘unrepentant’ cynics will sneer at and dismiss-
    astronomically massive that the total number of stars out there in the universe, visible to us and/or the most powerful radio telescopes can and cannot yet find, will be put to shame by comparison, not counting the ones in the para-verses which we on’t ever find!

    I laugh my head off whenever a publicly announced/published list of the world’s richest (for a certain year) pops up somehow in front of my eyes. Each and every time. I bet that, like myself, that family does so, too.

    For, for the longest time (and in fact ever since publication of the first such of them), nowhere in them – NOT ONE, NOT ANY – contains or lists the names of politicians & political figures IN ANY COUNTRY and/or their families – THEY JUST DO APPEAR – much less the mention anywhere anytime of your country’s first family, or ‘natural royals’, even ‘divinity’, as they would like to believe of themselves by now after six long decades of ‘sovereign rule’.

    Their wealth is so gi-normous that the combined assets of all the top fifty, even hundred, thus ranked and appear on those lists pale – to the point of appearing like molecules under the electronic microscope – in comparison and so unbelievably out-of-this-world that it will take 200 generations (not years!) of descendants, EACH & EVERY SPENDING EVERY DAY LIKE WHAT MIKE TYSON IN HIS HEYDAY & HIS LIKE USED TO DO OR DO TODAY, to be able to use up every last cent, to exhaust this unabashed, unbridled, uncontrollably uncontrolled accumulation (of greed, mainly).

    Ministerial pay, in their millions, is atrociously bad enough already as it is/seems to the typically simpleton Singaporean hilly-billy for as far (or as near-sighted as he or she can see (to understand enough to then maybe raise a few ra-ra’s about every now and then) and is all that is fathomable to your average couple-or-several-thousand-dollars-a-month wage earner or petty businesspersons with millennia-long inculcated peasant-serf DNA-embedded mindsets that cannot get round to the gi-normity of that family’s wealth (stolen though it truly is).

    When the day arrives to reveal the real entire wealth of this know-no-bounds (to put it mildly) super greedy family of social miscreants, the entire peasantry and serfdom will doubtless explode into anger and indignation, then fury. Then self-castigation. Along with the whole planet, it is to be expected.

    As well as possibly the gods, too! Save one: the God of No Mercy, Guan Yew.

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  • Ho, ho, ho! HoLee Baloney?:

    Oh, and have I mentioned?

    The other goodie$ (that anyone can logically come up with, no imagination needed) that also come with being in charge of Ah Koong’s money, eg. the ‘consultancy fees’ that sellers of overseas mega-properties/banks/FIs buyers(‘ appointed/indicated agents, middle-men)

    *wink-wink*
    *nod-nod*

    Side-note:
    F35s, oh the all-new, all-powerful F35s…
    Oh, grumpy men no more at Grumman’s – not for even the ‘basic’ price the sellers got paid – BUYERS, TOO, whoopi! Laff all the way! To a bank (you have bought yourselves, too – no scrutiny from others, yay!)

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  • Ho, ho, ho! HoLee Baloney?:

    TREA$URE TROVE OF TRILLION$
    - Alibaba is 阿李 の ばば (‘old aunty’) in disguise

    How does one – and one’s family, future seeds/descendants included – spend something like that, can anyone here enLIGHTNING us? I mean, with that kinda money, you can buy up EVERYTHING on Planet Earth (even the air), with enough spare change left over to have/order three more (i.e. Earths), how do you go about spending it inconspicuously, without letting anyone seeing/finding out/guessing/wondering//imagining/conjecturing?

    I bet she gets a thrill from carrying $15 ITE bags (to make people think they are such a frugal lot to the extent, she hopes, they may even start feeling badly for her for being ‘poor’ enough to deserve some pity or, horrors, donate her to refill her personal piggy!) and wearing $20 Metro sandals, then going home to her underground vaults to count & feel and admire again the endless rows of gold & (late in-laws’) platinum bullion hoard in addition to checking & rechecking to make sure correct (the number of zeroes in) the balances in all their accounts with offshore banks in every haven you can think of.

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  • Note to kenneth j:

    Whatever it is notwithstanding;nothing we can do ; we have to be careful and not cross the line and end up like LEONG Sze HIAN and the other fellow; how many of us are able to stand it financially..?
    Ken you are financially strong and had the advantage of a Cambridge education:few of us had it:
    It is not that we don’t bother; plse stop irritating yr felllow sporeans that we are monkeys getting peanuts like the Pioneer n Merdeka generations;you could learn a thing or two fr yr late dad ; I stood in rain or shine to listen to him

    Main thing is to elect Opp members in parliament more of them to raise troubling issues ; apart that we can talk till cows come home and nothing will happen;

    Get more Opp members in parliament;you contested in Punggol and got dismal results and whose fault was that;
    I enjoyed reading yr excellent articles but you turn people of

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  • Ministers resign in protest:

    You don’t think this is about Singapore, do you?
    It’s about UK. Ministers readily resign in protest when they are not in agreement with the PM.
    Their decision is not burdened by their spouses/partners crying about loss of multi-million “rewards”.

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  • MarBowling:

    Ministers resign in protest:
    May 24, 2019 at 3:36 am (Quote)
    You don’t think this is about Singapore, do you?
    It’s about UK. Ministers readily resign in protest when they are not in agreement with the PM.
    Their decision is not burdened by their spouses/partners crying about loss of multi-million “rewards”.

    Response: salute all those UK Ministers who have resigned. These ministers are paid according to standard World Market Rate. Salute also to their spouses who supported their wife/husband GREAT decision! Had all those UK Ministers being paid SIMILAR OUT OF THIS WORLD $Millions Salaries like SinKapore, don’t think anyone of them would RESIGN. Like in SinKapore ParLeeMent, all will GO WITH THE FLOW, thus making the fiacking JOB of their PeeM easy as ABC! Period.

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  • ROC is not 1-party state:

    Taiwan proved China wrong with democracy. Taiwan is a fine example of people power with Chinese Genes.

    Taiwan got not GRC. Taiwan got no POF(KI)MA. The whole island of Taiwan is “speaker corner”. All newspapers in Taiwan not owned by same company controlled by ex-ministers.

    Singaporeans can behaved like Taiwanese with Chinese genes.

    Democracy Unwanted:
    Dear KJ

    The People never asked that their wealth be reported.
    This is the will of the people.

    If the people wanted democracy, they would have allowed some more seats to be Opposition seats. Eg the By-Election of Bukit Batoks. The people said NO !

    The people made all these choices.
    They are so consistent they never failed to elect PAP as ruling party who win by landslides after landslides.

    The PAP did not gave themselves the power. Its your people. The people of singapore.

    A super minority of singaporeans never understood that the people do not want a system where if PAP fails a shadow gov takes over. They always wanted a ONE -PARTY STATE.

    I dare to claim that even if the Constitution is changed fundamentally to disallow elections, the super majority will support whatever the garmemt do.

    China has 20% world population. China proved democracy is not needed. The people also do not need people power. Singaporeans bahaved likewise. Maybe it’s the Chinese Genes.

    Since the people show all the signs that says they do not need nor want democracy, i PROPHECISE that the garment may, in future, change the constitution to suit the will of the people.

    So, KJ you are fighting for WHO ?
    The people never wanted a two party system .
    So, opposition has been banging in the wrong hole.

    I am migrating because there is no democracy to hope for. This country belongs to the majority. So be it. I cannot find any compelling reason to want to defend these people. I respect their Preference of this type of political system but i cannot love such a country and its people. I must leave Singapore.
    Singapore is not my final destination. I do not care what happens to sg.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Ministers resign in protest:
    You don’t think this is about Singapore, do you?
    It’s about UK. Ministers readily resign in protest when they are not in agreement with the PM.
    Their decision is not burdened by their spouses/partners crying about loss of multi-million “rewards”.

    How could any of the PAP MP dare to resign? Without the PAP they die, PAP is their oxygen. Where could they go after PAP, no experience, no leadership? A puppet is always a puppet, without the strings they cannot move.

    Example what happened to George Yeo? Where else can they be paid with this obscene salary?

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  • Why suffered in silence:

    The difference between our neighbour and us is that their citizens are more discerning,not gullible,gutsy and swift in their actions. BN ruled them even longer than our Pay and Peng party,yet collectively they refused to accept their vote buying ploys,booted them out.Did their country collapse? Citizens should take a leaf from our neighbour.

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  • to keep on pawning:

    //Whatever it is notwithstanding;nothing we can do ; we have to be careful and not cross the line and end up like LEONG Sze HIAN and the other fellow; how many of us are able to stand it financially..?//

    aiyoh. that is why only those with resources (kj one of them ? financially or otherwise like holding key important info, wink wink ?) can afford to be so visible and daring ???

    remember the sibling tag team, once in a while they will throw out some new surprises and some white institution or people will have to reassess whether they are doing their work ‘properly’ ??

    //you could learn a thing or two fr yr late dad ; I stood in rain or shine to listen to him//

    how to learn ? still kena pawned right ? it is not the oppo candidates ? it is the sleepy ‘voters’ ? and the chao-kar white idiots who know how to apply their chao-kar advantage to keep on pawning daft sinkies so that they will ‘learn’ how to side with the white chao-kar champions ??

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  • nothing like his dad:

    Note to kenneth j:
    Whatever it is notwithstanding;nothing we can do ; we have to be careful and not cross the line and end up like LEONG Sze HIAN and the other fellow; how many of us are able to stand it financially..?

    I enjoyed reading yr excellent articles but you turn people of

    when news broke that Leong was in some trouble for something he shared online , Leong kanna suan siao by him. who would want to vote for someone like this?

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  • most uselss:

    Look at Malaysia, if PH did not win the election, how would they know how much money had been siphoned off by Jib and Low?

    In the case of Singapore, the Elected President is selected because they want their own clown there.

    If Singaporeans want to know the truth of our investments, CPF, all govt policies and why they are importing third world migrants by the millions, they have to vote oppositions for them to take power.

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  • A Secret Frankly Appalling:

    It’s a first-world Abomination!!!

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    ROC is not 1-party state:
    Taiwan proved China wrong with democracy. Taiwan is a fine example of people power with Chinese Genes.

    Taiwan got not GRC. Taiwan got no POF(KI)MA. The whole island of Taiwan is “speaker corner”. All newspapers in Taiwan not owned by same company controlled by ex-ministers.

    Singaporeans can behaved like Taiwanese with Chinese genes.

    CanNOT lah!!!… Indoctrinated EVIL…clamp the MIND!!!

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