On ‘Peanuts’

Liew Mun Leong

During Ms Liyani’s appeal the Public Prosecutor tried to rebut the defence’s claims that she had been coerced into working outside the home and that her refusal to do so and threat to report the Liews to Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for illegal deployment, had led to her termination and to Mr Liew and his son filing a police report against her, a claim that Justice Chan accepted. They argued that she was paid for the work and when asked by Justice Chan how much, said $20 to $30. However when asked by the judge as to whether this was the amount paid on each occasion the Prosecutor was evasive, saying that this was for “the service in question”. Justice Chan then pointed out that the number of hours worked was decisive: “$20 to perform 100 hours of work is peanuts”.

Usage of the word “peanuts” immediately brought back memories of Mrs Goh Chok Tong’s use of the word “peanuts” to describe the approximately $600,000 in salary and bonus that TT Durai, the disgraced and convicted former head of the National Kidney Foundation, was being paid as head of the National Kidney Foundation. The full text of what she said was for a person who runs a big million-dollar charitable organisation, with a few hundred million in reserves, S$600,000 a year is peanuts.

I wrote in my last blog, about the Liews and their abuse of Ms Liyani, that Mr Liew’s remuneration of $20.5 million in a single year (2007), about 0.75% of CapitaLand’s profits that year, showed that, using a similar percentage applied to Temasek’s profits of $12 to $13 billion p.a., it would not be unreasonable to think that Ho Ching earns $100 million or more a year. This curiously is the figure that the Taiwanese news network mentioned. This prompted a rapid-fire barrage of Correction Notices issued by DPM Heng under the notorious Protection from Online Falsehood and Manipulation Act (which primarily serves to protect Ministers and their spouses or cronies) and a rebuttal by the Government fact checking website Factually.sg that did not mention any facts, which I wrote about here. Applying Mrs Goh’s justification for Durai’s salary based on a few hundred million dollars in reserves would allow Ho Ching to pay herself up to $600 million a year with the agreement of a Board many of whose members are dependent in one way or another on her husband, the PM, or would wish to curry favour with him.

Everything is relative. While even for a poor FDW, being forced to work 100 hours for $20 to $20 would be peanuts, for people like the Liews and his boss, the PM’s wife, even $10 or a $100 million a year might be considered peanuts. As I said in my last blog, the revelations about the ruthless way in which the Liews ruined the life of a vulnerable person, because she posed a minor threat to them, should hold up a mirror for Singaporeans illustrating the way in which the PAP’s natural aristocrats crush all opposition that might come between them and using their absolute power to pay themselves, their spouses and their relatives obscene and unjustified amounts. In Ho Ching’s case this is all the more egregious because of her and her husband’s determination not to tell us what she earns. SIngaporeans need to stop putting themselves in the position of “vulnerable persons” and to start to assert their rights.

 

 

Kenneth Jeyaretnam

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

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13 Responses to “On ‘Peanuts’”

  • Remove Liew Mun Leong:

    Straits Times: 550 complaints of illegal deployment of maids yearly from 2017 to 2019: MOM

    A laughable attempt at “spin” by MSM to “save” Liew Mun Leong.

    MSM should have also reported how many of the 550 accused their maid of stealing (to force her to leave the country) to cover up illegal deployment.

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  • So sad sooo...... sad:

    61% still don’t see it.

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  • uselesstankl:

    BARBARIANS AT THE GATES OF PARLIAMENT !!!

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  • xoxo:

    Remove Liew Mun Leong:
    September 9, 2020 at 12:34 pm (Quote)
    Straits Times: 550 complaints of illegal deployment of maids yearly from 2017 to 2019: MOM

    A laughable attempt at “spin” by MSM to “save” Liew Mun Leong.

    MSM should have also reported how many of the 550 accused their maid of stealing (to force her to leave the country) to cover up illegal deployment
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    does more OFFENDERS mean NO NEED PUNISHMENT,HARSH PUNISHMENT FOR BREAKING ‘THE LAW’?

    So,many cases of drug abuse means NO OFFENCE?

    LAW-BREAKING IS law-breaking,dont care who!
    in fact,as a govt n law-enforcer,i would punish PEOPLE LIKE LIEW MUN LEONG EVEN MORE HARSHLY AS SUCH PEOPLE OUGHT TO KNOW THE LAW BETTER THAN OLD SIMPLE UNCLES like me?
    And,for that matter, HE IS NO ORDINARY ELITE,HE IS A TOP ELITE WITH TOP NATIONAL DAY HONOURS???

    NO EXCUSE NOT TO IMPOSE PUNISHMENT ON HIM.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Remember

    Ownself will always protect ownself.
    This is the trademark of the regime.

    This is why LML is not worried. His masters will surely save him.
    Whatever people think is of no consequence to the regime.
    They recently won a supermajority in parleement.;

    Who dares challenge them? Dog will always bark – but they have no teeth. Or balls. So say the regime.

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  • What type of person is LML?:

    In the trial, Mr Liew Mun Leong said “There is no motivation for a person like me to go against a maid,” “I am trying to avoid (her coming back to steal things) for the good of Singapore.”
    The motivation is to stop her from coming back to Singapore to work (vindictive measure), and in case their illegal deployment of Parti comes to light (protect the Liews from MOM’s).
    Karl Liew could get 2 staff from the agency to LML’s house and send the domestic helper off on the plane the same day. Well thought out plan, of course you need money and influence to execute.
    Back home, Parti waited for call from her agent but it never comes.
    She most likely has been blacklisted by the agency. Did the Liews instigate the agent(s)?
    So she decided to come to Singapore on social visit pass (to look for job) and got arrested.
    Frankly, I think Singapore need to be protected from people like the Liews than from foreign domestic helpers.

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  • xoxo:

    THIS GUY GOT DISTINGUSIHED SERVICE ORDER.
    WHAT ABOUT JUSTICE CHAN SENG ONN.
    HE SHOULD BE HONOURED FOR SERVING JUSTICE AND DEMONSTRATES TO THE WORLD THE STANDARD OF JUDICIAL PRACTICES OF SGPORE?

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  • xoxo:

    NOW,AG GIT HIMSELF A FALL GUY.
    HRI KUMAR is yurned into a clown?
    the ‘JOKER’ AG keeps backside clean.
    BUT HEAVEN IS WATCHING lah.

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  • Pappy as natural aristocrat???:

    Marx argued that the “Capitalist Bourgeoisie” mercilessly exploited the proletariat. He recognised that the work carried out by the proletariat created great wealth for the capitalist. … He described how the wealth of the bourgeoisie depended on the work of the proletariat. Therefore, crony capitalism requires a sheeple underclass.

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  • Harder Truths:

    xoxo:
    THIS GUY GOT DISTINGUSIHED SERVICE ORDER.
    WHAT ABOUT JUSTICE CHAN SENG ONN.
    HE SHOULD BE HONOURED FOR SERVING JUSTICE AND DEMONSTRATES TO THE WORLD THE STANDARD OF JUDICIAL PRACTICES OF SGPORE?

    The good Justice is in trouble now for standing up to the regime.

    Like JBJ, CST and President Ong.

    He is a hero but he will be blacklisted for life by the regime.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Something dirty going on (more than usual)

    https://sg.yahoo.com/news/attorney-general-recuses-himself-from-reviewing-cag-chairman-liew-mun-leongs-maid-case-072041558.html

    Why AG recuse himself? Now it is the regime’s man being called in to save maid-basher. Maid-basher knows he will be protected by his regime.

    Let the games begin…..

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  • Review:

    Let the the authorities do their review so that the truth will be known.

    No need to speculate now.

    Sometimes things are not what we presume…..better wait for the review.

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  • @Harder Truths

    If my memory serves me well, the last time a so-called Justice bao went against the gahment, he was promoted from a District Judge to a small-fly prosecutor in the AGC.

    Now this Justice Bao will likely also be promoted to the AGC, but then hor, he was originally from AGC as a Solicitor General, so if he is going to be promoted back to AGC from a High Court judge, then he cannot be lower than Solicitor General lor, maybe Dy Attorney General this time, dio bo?

    Hundreds of prosecutors under him lay, not bad wor. What do you think?

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