Singaporean Ingrates Will Be Sued till Their Pants Drop

Singaporean Ingrates Who Don’t Appreciate PAP Ministers, Spouses and Relatives Working Selflessly on Their Behalf for (Almost) Nothing Will Be Sued till Their Pants Drop! You Show Them Josephine!

Singaporeans are an ungrateful lot! Unlike Foreign Talents and Western media who have been singing the praises of our Indivisible and Eternal Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Goh) for the last fifty years and telling us that we have the best Government in the world (after all Lee Kuan Yew created a gleaming metropolis out of a mangrove swamp in less than 6 days-in fact in the 1920s Singapore already had the highest per capita income in Asia), some Singaporeans (at least 30% or maybe 50% if you exclude new citizens beholden to the PAP) do not seem to appreciate the huge sacrifices that our talented Ministers and their spouses and relatives who occupy the top jobs in Ministries, the Civil Service, statutory boards, agencies, MAS, Temasek, GIC and the vast network of state-owned companies that comprises up to 70% of Singapore’s economy. These churlish ingrates do not seem to appreciate how lucky they are to even have a place to live since our Government owns 70% of the land and generously permits our citizens to pay “market”(not much of a market when the state owns all the land and can set the price anywhere it wants by restricting supply) prices for a 99 year rental.

The PAP elite’s sense of entitlement was on full display in Josephine Teo’s decision  to send lawyers’ letters to two ordinary Singaporeans, activist Jolovan Wham and someone called Donald Liew over his allegations that “Mrs Teo had improperly benefited herself and her family financially, as a result of her mismanagement of the dormitory infections relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to the development of emergency housing facilities by infrastructure consultancy Surbana Jurong.

At the same time Surbana issued a statement saying “These allegations are not only untrue, they are disrespectful of our colleagues who have made enormous sacrifices, including putting their health at risk, to deliver the projects under challenging conditions, for the benefit of our community.”  Immediately I felt an enormous surge of gratitude towards Josephine’s hubby. Not only is he working for (almost) nothing in a very demanding role but he is risking his life on a daily basis, not sitting in an office or centrally air-conditioned landed property, putting together quarantine facilities with his bare hands to house large numbers of Covid-infected migrant workers. Never mind that his wife’s incompetence or callousness as Manpower Minister towards the living conditions of migrant workers led to a situation where the dormitories were like a vast Petri dish. Clearly he is a living saint, like US ex-President Jimmy Carter, who into his 80s worked building houses for the homeless.

I would like to nominate some of the other members of Surbana’s board for Humanitarian of the Year, in particular Yaacob Ibrahim, the ex-Minister of Communications and Information. This selfless individual has achieved much in spite of or rather because of the Covid Pandemic. In fact with the help of the virus he was able to clear a whole field of migrant workers thus pleasing his constituents and presumably ensuring his re-election.

 

It is no doubt technically correct that Josephine Teo played no role in the selection of her husband as the number 2 or 3 in Surbana Jurong. No doubt there is no smoking gun just as I am sure that there is nothing that directly implicates Lee Hsien Loong in the selection of his wife to be head of Temasek. However the way in which PAP ex-Ministers, their spouses and relatives are so frequently at the top of Government-owned companies or appointed to lucrative roles cannot be explained by randomness alone even if one allows for the influence of qualifications which frequently are at worst mediocre, at best average, whether one looks at Mrs Lee’s CV or Mr Teo’s. The PM and his Ministers may shout “meritocracy” to explain why they should bag all the top prizes for their families but this looks increasingly threadbare. Even the Seat Warmer-in-Waiting, Heng Swee Keat, only got a Second Class degree from Cambridge.

Furthermore these people keep their jobs seemingly regardless of performance. Ho Ching (whose salary remains a state secret which no one in the Government appears to know and which is defended by the use of POFMA even though the Government maintains Temasek is a “private” company) has kept her job through the financial crisis of 2008-09 and despite many high questionable investment decisions such as to take Olam private at a premium when the company would likely have gone bankrupt. Her job at Temasek is apparently so easy and that she can spend all day on her Facebook account apart from when she accompanies her husband on state visits. In other countries the spouse of a MInister or PM would normally have to pay their own travel expenses unless her or his presence was in the national interest.

There is an interesting parallel with the UK PM. He was reported to the Independent Office for Police Conduct by the Opposition (in Singapore there is no independent agency to report Lee Hsien Loong to since the CPIB is part of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Director reports to him) over his relationship with an American entrepreneur who received public money while he was mayor of London. On Thursday the UK Independent Office of Police Conduct decided after a long delay that Boris Johnson would not face a criminal investigation.

The Financial Times said:

The IOPC said it had found no evidence to indicate that Mr Johnson influenced the payment of any sponsorship moneys to Ms Arcuri or that he influenced or played an active part in securing her participation in trade missions. But it added: “There was evidence to suggest that those officers making decisions about sponsorship monies and attendance on trade missions thought that there was a close relationship between Mr Johnson and Ms Arcuri, and this influenced their decision-making. ”

No one can doubt that employing people connected with the PAP, and in particular spouses and relatives of Ministers, is seen as a smart move even if there is no evidence the Ministers concerned directly influenced the recruitment process. Before he fell out with his brother, Lee Hsien Yang was appointed CEO of SingTel and then later Chairman of Fraser & Neave before he returned to the state sector as head of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

But while recruitment of people in the private sector may be more of a private matter, even though companies should be subject to anti-discrimination legislation, it is inexcusable that state companies (which are responsible for as much as 70% of the economy) should make decisions based on people’s political connections and who they are related to.

The shameless narcissists in the PAP, including Josephine Teo truly believe that Singaporeans should pay homage to them as performing some selfless public service and sacrifice when the reality is that their hands are always out for handouts from the public purse.They even ensure that their children take a disproportionate share of Government scholarships which should go to the needy, thus putting their offspring on an accelerated path to million dollar salaries. In my view the only politician who truly sacrificed himself for Singapore was my father whom Lee Hsien Loong and his Ministers worked assiduously to bankrupt and to deny him the ability to earn a living.

Rather than show her true colours as a bully, in the mould of her mentor the PM, Josephine Teo and the other Ministers should provide evidence to demonstrate that their spouses, children and relatives truly earned their positions in Government-owned or linked companies on merit through an open recruitment process that was not influenced by who they were related to. An interesting experiment, rather like those that have been done in the US to prove discrimination, would be to enter their CVs under false names and see if they survived the initial sifting or fell by the wayside. Like the sheep in Animal Farm which set up a tremendous bleating of “Four Legs Good Two legs Bad” and later “Four Legs Good Two Legs Better” whenever anyone dared to timidly criticise the pigs, the PAP similarly shout their critics down with cries of meritocracy and threats of lawsuits. Singaporeans need to wise up before GE2020 and realise they have been played.

 

Kenneth Jeyaretnam

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

 
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23 Responses to “Singaporean Ingrates Will Be Sued till Their Pants Drop”

  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Isn’t it true that nepotism is easy to do (and difficult, if not impossible, to prove) if there is lack of openness and transparency? Also, there is no REAL accountability.

    The solution: REGIME CHANGE

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  • NotMyProblem:

    “Singaporeans need to wise up before GE2020 and realise they have been played.”

    @Kenneth; you think so or you hope so?

    With 7 out of 10 adult Singaporeans are graduates of all kind from all over the world, you could certainly think so.

    But comparing their smartness with Malaysians’, I can only hope so!!

    I admire and envy Malaysia recovering millions of ringgit and US dollars for the country.

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  • JialaT JT:

    As shared by Yaacob that the virus was on his side to help clear the FDWs & FWs away from the open space!

    Btw is it cronyism or incompetence at work that the coronavirus separately infect the dorms more than the comms to help boost JT’s husband selfless & heroic acts in that “not only is he working for (almost) nothing in a very demanding role but he is risking his life on a daily basis, not sitting in an office or centrally air-conditioned landed property, putting together quarantine facilities with his bare hands to house large numbers of Covid-infected migrant workers.”

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  • Flabbergasted:

    Hi Mr KJ,

    You are a very good writer and I do enjoy reading your postings.

    But I can’t help but notice that you often quote your beloved dad the honourable Mr JPJ.

    While we all know what this great man has gone through, we don’t need constant reminders. Esp in almost every of your posts.

    Most readers will undoubtedly interpret it as you are going into politics with a vengeance. People are not really interested in that.

    Much as we empathise with what has happened to your beloved dad and many other people for the same reasons, we are more interested to know what you can do for us for us to give you our votes.

    Once you are in power, then you can make things right.

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  • Musings on Natural Aristocracy:

    (In my view the only politician who truly sacrificed himself for Singapore was my father whom Lee Hsien Loong and his Ministers worked assiduously to bankrupt and to deny him the ability to earn a living.)

    We rather think you have a strong case here for the late Mr. Joshua Jeyaretnam. He was standing up for right and justice in Singapore during a revolutionizing period in world history in the 80s which saw Gorbachev dissolve the Soviet Union and CCP opening up its totalitarian portals. It was also a sombre period at home as we witnessed LKY quickly phasing out the natural aristocrats of foundational PAP for his handpicked technocratic substitutes (amidst operation Coldstore)

    Even as your father stood up courageously for his political ideals he certainly was only one amongst the valiant old guards of the original unadulterated PAP. After the great schism of course began the evolution of LKY’s Sinchiapor Incorporated – he had hijacked the brightest jewel of emerging third world republicanism.

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  • Prosecute and Persecute:

    Of Predator And Prey
    Of Pound And Penny
    Of Prince And Pauper
    Of Pee And Poo

    Tell the False, Prosecuted.
    Tell the Truth, Persecuted.

    That’s how Justice work, Nowadays? Everywhere?
    Beholden and Pliant?
    This World is Void of Absolute Justice?

    Beats All.

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  • trublu:

    It is not right for govt officials to ANYHOW APPLY POFMA if n when the PUBLIC,WHO VOTED THEM, HAS SOME DOUBTS OR MISGIVINGS ABOUT CERTAIN GOVT PRACTICES.

    IT IS FOR THE MINISTER OR OFFICIAL TO SHOW CAUSE HHE/SHE HAS INTEGRITY BY BEING TRANSPARENT,is this the right way?

    Why sue as if THIS IS ALL A PRIVATE MATTER OR SOME MURDEROUS CRIME?
    Hust becos A CITIZEN OF THE PUBLIC GOT ENOUGH BALLS TO QUESTION DOES NOT MEAN HE IS ACTING FUNNY?

    AND JUST BECOS MAJORITY KEEPS QUIET DOES NOT MEAN ALL THE GOVT PRACTICES ARE ETHICAL OR RIGHT OR EVEN LAWFUL?

    LETS NOT MAKE A MOCKERY OF OUR REVERED LAW.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Well Ken, what we have here in PisaiLand (a NoseShit) is a LEEGal Corruption nowhere to be FOUND not even in OUTER SPACE after Man Landed on the Moon in 1969…

    It is BEYOND my wildest Imagination that the Fraud and LEEgal Corruption can pass through even a STEEL NET without Holes and the silly sheeple is BLIND and DEAF to all that is Glaring at them DAILY in the Fake MSM…

    Well, like they say “There is NONE so Blind & Deaf as those who DO NOT see”

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  • Trust only myself:

    Always trust KJ’s writings……..especially his remark about his late father.

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  • Hot sperm:

    Anyone can sue for most things or issues if CAN AFFORD LEGAL SERVICE.

    How much Justice can Yew Afford ?
    Based on justice and equality.
    So help me, God.

    So the key is money.
    Though some times there is so-called pro bono service.

    And ya sure, we believe.

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  • Asd:

    I think what the whistle blower higlighted should be investigated by impartial authority but they are instead silenced by the fear of money and power

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  • John Richards:

    Meritocracy my ass! I believe meritocracy is nothing more than the PAP’s version of a Caste System. I doubt if anyone can argue against that statement.

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  • Uncle Lim:

    Flabbergasted:
    Hi Mr KJ,

    You are a very good writer and I do enjoy reading your postings.

    But I can’t help but notice that you often quote your beloved dad the honourable Mr JPJ.

    While we all know what this great man has gone through, we don’t need constant reminders. Esp in almost every of your posts.

    Most readers will undoubtedly interpret it as you are going into politics with a vengeance. People are not really interested in that.

    Much as we empathise with what has happened to your beloved dad and many other people for the same reasons, we are more interested to know what you can do for us for us to give you our votes.

    Once you are in power, then you can make things right.

    Nothing wrong.

    Even LHL keeps invoking his father’s name.

    KJ is an outstanding writer besides his excellent grasp of economics. Heng is no match. Just a parrot.

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  • WakeupSG:

    For the sake of transparency and public interest, it would be ideal for the Government to explain the process to Singaporeans.
    Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/voices/perceptions-matter-when-it-comes-questions-conflict-interest

    FAILURE OF PARTIES INVOLVED VIZ, TH & SURBANA JURONG RE THE SET UP OF CCFs AT SG EXPO TO BE SENSITIVE TO THE COVID-DORMS SAGA HAS RESULTED IN GENUINE PUBLIC INTEREST IN THIS CONFLICT OF INTEREST INVOLVING HUSBAND & WIFE WAS UNCALLED FOR AS “PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!”

    “Take the example of Mr Zaqy Mohamad, a backbencher of the People’s Action Party (PAP) then who turned down his appointment to the PAP’s central executive committee in 2015 because his employer Ernst & Young was the party’s auditor.”

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  • Next post for a dictator:

    Often, the next position for a dictator is in prison.

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  • Man! How frail thou art ....:

    Psalm 103

    15) As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so does he flourish. 16) But when the wind has passed over it, it is no more; and its place acknowledges it no longer. 17) Yet the loving-kindness of the LORD is from everlastingness to everlastingness on those who fear Him, and His righteousness towards the children’s children, 18) Of those who keep His Covenant, and who remember His precepts to act upon them. 19) The LORD has established His Throne in the heavens; And His sovereignty is over everything.

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  • Where Angels fear to tread:

    Kenneth writes good articles but I fear for him,
    People have been penalised for lesser things, he writes on things which are no go areas but so far he seems to survive,I caution him, check for loopholes where you may be nailed,I am amazed at hiscourage,

    I admired his father jbj ,when he was contesting I stood in sun n rain listening to him with an umbrella,what happened to him is a familiar story
    Take care so you can come back another day to speak for us
    Kind words fr pioneer

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  • Act Blur Doctir:

    Public sentiment bad .
    Yet something itch I our anus telling us they will never lose and win by record numbers this time.

    Another way to out it is :
    Election agents.

    Wink.

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  • MarBowling:

    Next post for a dictator:
    May 23, 2020 at 10:20 pm (Quote)
    Often, the next position for a dictator is in prison.

    Response: well said. True Blue Singaporean, esp the 30% have been WAITING like a HAWK all day and night LOONG for this TO HAPPEN ONE FINE DAY! ALL HAVE TO THINK HARD AND PRAY HARD!

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  • Lee Fatt Yew:

    Did she invoked POFMA?
    Is she the arbiter of truth?
    Thanks, 70%

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Man! How frail thou art ....:
    Psalm 103

    15) As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so does he flourish. 16) But when the wind has passed over it, it is no more; and its place acknowledges it no longer. 17) Yet the loving-kindness of the LORD is from everlastingness to everlastingness on those who fear Him, and His righteousness towards the children’s children, 18) Of those who keep His Covenant, and who remember His precepts to act upon them. 19) The LORD has established His Throne in the heavens; And His sovereignty is over everything.

    Contd…”and He will turn His Face away from those who seek His Mercy out of FEAR when facing DEATH and not REMORSE”…Amen!!!

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  • DavidNeo&IreneVanessa:Bastards:

    Malaysians voted opposition because a former PM from proposition was in it. DR M is a sure thing with Malaysians. I don’t think Malaysians will vote those unproven oppo.

    NotMyProblem:
    “Singaporeans need to wise up before GE2020 and realise they have been played.”

    @Kenneth; you think so or you hope so?

    With 7 out of 10 adult Singaporeans are graduates of all kind from all over the world, you could certainly think so.

    But comparing their smartness with Malaysians’, I can only hope so!!

    I admire and envy Malaysia recovering millions of ringgit and US dollars for the country.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Today I went to collect the re-useable mask near my house. There are two vending machine and two operators attending to two vending mask machine. Just scan the ic and mask drop out. Singapore government spent off think $63,700,000,000 of our reserves money within two months recently. And when the masks can easily be send by mail to our house letter box,yet the government doesn’t want to but want to spend more money building such unnecessary mask vending machine to be distributed island wide. Just wonder how much is the cost of one such vending mask machine? Maybe such vending machine also is built at a cost/below cost basis I assume. Believe it or not? Maybe I am wrong, no profit, ghost will also not work for you. Whatever it is, even at cost/below cost basis, it is still a few hundreds of thousands or a couple of millions of public funds spent off unnecessary. Singapore government can’t save such money. Got reserve money, so want to continue spent unnecessary. When mask can be self collected at CCs or RCs, such mask vending machine is a huge sum of money that is not wisely spent!

    Another thing when you collect the re-useable mask, it is stated at the back of the re-useable mask with such shameless beast words “Women Owned”! Does women owned all our reserves funds too including our CPF? Go and check that out when you collect the re-useable mask from the vending mask machine!

    And National Day Parade is another unnecessary event in this period of corona virus in which Singapore government should scrap and distribute out those National Day Parade funds for better usage like Utility rebates or GST Vouchers for everyone. Tons of millions is use for National Day Parade just to show off unnecessary,is it wise? Better wake up, else our CPF need to wait till 100 years old before allow to withdraw at such wasteful spending by our government!

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