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Are 4G Ministers worthy of their million-dollar salaries?

I refer to the article “The institutional failures behind Singapore’s latest COVID outbreak – Government must explain what went wrong and how” (Nikkei Asia, Jul 23).

In this connection, 3 years ago, ESM Goh Chok Tong caused an uproar by telling his audience at the NTUC Centre that Ministers may not be paid enough despite political salaries that were the highest in the world.

He argued that if political salaries were to be cut further, then Singapore would only attract “very, very mediocre who can’t even earn a million dollars outside” to be our Ministers.

He left an open question on the matter: “Is it good for you, or is it worse for us in the end?”

The apparent failure of the 4G leaders to manage the COVID-19 pandemic may, arguably break the myth that paying high political salaries will attract the best.

Ms Josephine Teo

Take for example – In GE2020 one Minister was touted as “Singapore’s Worst Minister” due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the Foreign Worker Dorms, which was under the care of her Ministry.

But if we look at the bigger picture, what has she done for the 3 years that she was there? Singapore had a low unemployment rate to begin with, worker productivity did not increase much, Singaporeans generally lacked labour protection.

In other words, it may seemingly not be too difficult for any Tom, Dick or Harry to be a Minister and keep things going on ‘auto-pilot’ mode with a competent Civil Service.

What the pandemic may indicate, is that the 4G PAP may have fallen short of expectations. Their policies show that:

1) Lack of long-term strategic thinking by telling us that vaccination is the way forward one moment, then imposing restrictions the very next moment – is this a fair comment (which netizens have been saying)? Why did we change the reporting protocol on 30 Jun, to stop giving the case occupation, work place, age, places been to, when, when tested positive, etc?

2) Lack of common sense by banning dining in at restaurants but wanting to go ahead with the National Day Parade for unknown reasons

3) Purely reactive leadership by only acting when things happen – for example, banning travellers from Sri Lanka only a few days after it was reported that people were using it as a transit zone

4) Lack of understanding by pushing the blame to KTV goers when these establishments should on hind sight – perhaps should not be allowed to operate as ‘bistros’ in the first place

Can we therefore say (which netizens have been saying) these ministers have exceptional leadership, or arguably, are deserving of their million-dollar salaries for that matter?

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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21 Responses to “Are 4G Ministers worthy of their million-dollar salaries?”

  • left behind:

    Million dollar ministers should do their job. Close the border. Test everyone and send those with covid-19 to quarantine and treatment center. We need to stop the spread of covid-19 and not ignore it. I know it is very difficult but we need to start somewhere. Home quarantine is stupid because it let covid-19 people spread to his or her family. Government must start setting up places for covid-19 people to quarantine.

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  • liew mun leong must be jailed:

    the pap ownself justify ownself S$m system has attracted into its fold useless jiak liao bees such as chan chun sing, ong yee kang, lawlan wrong, disgracefool, joe tiu, and many such.

    which one of these, on their own outside pap system, can even make median wage? NOT a single one.

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  • opposition dude:

    Well the 3G are still in charge with both the PM and DPM at the very least. The 4G are the backups and thus the mouthpiece of the party when 3 stooges addressed the nation on plans to declare this as endemic when something like 80% have been vaccinated. So this means it will be endemic in 3 to 5 months time if not sooner.

    The public has an impression of the current state of PAP and for sure, it won’t be as high as it was when things were managed a LOT better. e didn’t have over a million non Singaporeans, frequent train breakdowns and failed yearly audits for example.

    So you can continue clinging on to the same old narrative about high salaries attracting the best talent and all that, the general public will decide for themselves if the salary paid to these people are worth it. We already kicked out 9 monkeys from 2 GRCs so let’s see how many more we kick when they next election is announced.

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  • KT:

    Take for instance, the diners in hawker centres would be fined from Sep 2021 if they do not clear/remove the foods, soiled crockery, used tissue papers, etc on the tables used by them. This is the most ridiculous and embarrassing law ever from the Party Against People. The whole world knows that the little red dot’s gang of mintsters and their white emperor are the highest paid politicians in the whole world. They are supposed to have great “talent” and mind to solve problems, but no, they could not solve the dirty tables in hawkers centres, despite paying thousands of dollars $$$$ (or millions, I m not sure) to cleaning CONtractors to clean the dining tables, but they failed very badly. They should have “LD” the inefficient cleaning CONtractors based on signed CONtracts. And becos of their failure, the Party Against People turned the tables and blamed the diners, and hence, the new law implemented. BTW, the diners are not there to eat free foods at the hawker centres, they pay for it, including hidden costs, e.g table cleaning service, and other costs. So, this is how this gang solved the problems implementing new laws as an easy way out. We always believe that the highest paid politicians in the world should be of world class standard or with top talent. So, the citizens should demand: Are they worthy of their million $$$ salaries?

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  • Leaders:

    High Pay for Minister is OK Lah…
    Just make sure that the people livelihood is taken care of…
    Now more business will closed shop and jobs lost…

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  • JT is a Star:

    JT’s contribution to Singapore’s nation building is so immense that she should be given our nation’s highest award……

    1. JT was the brainchild behind the SG population growth for her contribution to reproductive medicine – “sex-in-a-small-space”

    2. JT is the one and only Minister who did not receive any complaint from the workers in the dormitory, when Covid infections were at national crisis levels.

    3. Despite earning a million dollar salary, poor JT cried out in Parliament for the sake of our dormitory workers… something even Halimah tried and failed.

    4. Dont underestimate JT – She was the most smartest Minister in the history of Singapore, for being nominated to head the Smart Nation initiative. We didnt have that MANY cyber breaches to our medical records..

    JT is a star “performer” after all.

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  • I bet u bet:

    Predict 2DPM IS LAWRENCE WONG.
    Soon ,coming soon.
    U want to bet.

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  • Safe distancing overpaid:

    Food delivery guys are at the Frontline sacrificing their lives on the road just to bring you good food.
    And risk covid.
    Yet these earn typically 1.5k to 3k only.

    Why are safe distancing Paid so insanely high for walking around telling people to wear masks? Many times I see them walking casually in group in air-conditioned malls.

    Some asking are they paid $4k?

    Tax money?

    So, what are their backgrounds? How are they selected? Who are their parents?

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  • Not Effective Ministers:

    Up to now, none of the Ministers salaries have been reduced although many Singaporeans PMETS have been retrenched or underemployed. What is going on ?

    The weakest point of our current Ministers LHL and 4G is that none of them can anticipate incoming problems unlike the Ministers under LKY. The current Ministers can only react after the problem occur. Like that still want to be paid in millions. Are you kidding all of us ? KNNBCCB

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  • Useless Umbrella:

    Of all types, this umbrella is the worse.

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  • Tulan Generation:

    KT:
    Take for instance, the diners in hawker centres would be fined from Sep 2021 if they do not clear/remove the foods, soiled crockery, used tissue papers, etc on the tables used by them. This is the most ridiculous and embarrassing law ever from the Party Against People. The whole world knows that the little red dot’s gang of mintsters and their white emperor are the highest paid politicians in the whole world. They are supposed to have great “talent” and mind to solve problems, but no, they could not solve the dirty tables in hawkers centres, despite paying thousands of dollars $$$$ (or millions, I m not sure) to cleaning CONtractors to clean the dining tables, but they failed very badly. They should have “LD” the inefficient cleaning CONtractors based on signed CONtracts. And becos of their failure, the Party Against People turned the tables and blamed the diners, and hence, the new law implemented. BTW, the diners are not there to eat free foods at the hawker centres, they pay for it, including hidden costs, e.g table cleaning service, and other costs. So, this is how this gang solved the problems implementing new laws as an easy way out. We always believe that the highest paid politicians in the world should be of world class standard or with top talent. So, the citizens should demand: Are they worthy of their million $$$ salaries?

    Trays are about the dirtiest things in a hawker centre or kopitiam. Wiped using the same rag used to clear food waste off tables. Have never seen them washed and dried.

    What about zhi char food served in hawker centres? Need to clear claypot, hot plate, steamboat all by ourselves!

    And how many of the cleaning companies’ bosses are grassroots members?

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  • Asd:

    I think discriminated in own country says it all

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  • COI Safe Distancing:

    We need a COI into the Safe Distancing Company given this Profitable business.

    1. I know of one such redshirt thingie. He is paid $150 a day just for the simplest of task to be done. Many are stationed in malls airconditioned. Almost like Zo Boh Lan!

    2. I was informed they were hired through a company.

    3. We need to Investigate is a Grassroots leader behind such a company.

    4. If the red shirt thingies are paid so handsomely for simest of work even an uneducated old person can do, why are they paid so highly and the source of funding is perceivably from tax payers and . Either tax money pays this company who then pay the redshirts or otherwise. Of the former, it can ot be imagined the company boss gets no cut for the $150 per head per day paid to redshirts.

    SO WE NEED TO QUESTION AND DEMAND FOR FULL TRANSPARENCY. I WONT TRUST PRITAM SINGH TO BE ABLE DO THIS FOR THE PEOPLE. HE IS AFTER ALL A VERY RICH MAN NOW.

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  • AristoCATs - Sure ?:

    GCT – “that Ministers may not be paid enough despite political salaries that were the highest in the world.”
    -
    Remember, AristoCATs mantra- “You pay peanuts, you get monkeys”.
    -
    2021 – Yet, we still end up with a bunch of them.
    -
    More than 39% should know the Power of the Ballot Box !

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  • Ownself check ownself?:

    For certain this is the exhortation of the saints and sages in every clime and time towards each and every human being with regards to himself or herself – check your egoism! No homecoming for the heart of darkness…..

    But if and when you’re a player in the power arena of politics, yo bro hey sis you wanna bluff which siginna you can “own$elf check own$elf”???

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  • Olympic:

    Before we conclude weather the minister or who every employed in a company,go through the employment letter of appointment in detail.who knows, the employee may not even has an employment
    Letter for all we know.

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  • question Mark?:

    GUN KY says Sg to lift most social n workplace restrictions when Covid becomes ENDEMIC …?

    WHO DECIDES WHEN COVID BECOMES ENDEMIC?
    PAP OR W.H.O.?

    EVEN BIG COUNTRIES DONT TALK IN THIS MANNER?

    So,Covid19 is endemic even as DELTA OR OTHER NEW VARIANTS SPREAD in this tiny city?

    Sgs,beware of your daft gahmen.

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  • John Richards:

    So how many of these useless Ministers were actually earning $1 million in the PRIVATE SECTOR before becoming Ministers? It may come as a shock to Goh that the mediocre ones are already in Parliament.

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  • If only Tommy Dares:

    John Richards:
    So how many of these useless Ministers were actually earning $1 million in the PRIVATE SECTOR before becoming Ministers? It may come as a shock to Goh that the mediocre ones are already in Parliament.

    NG Chit Jung mr umbrage has he proven he can earn 1million without being …..?

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  • Ahlim:

    Actors Actress appearing in “Hindsight 2″

    Still running on theatres in sg.

    Actors do get pay alot.because of their good acting.

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  • Yes, if u think ..:

    Yes, if u think by uttering half thought thru or in singlish half baked policy n expecting Singaporeans to cooperate n fill in the important rest of the pooicy, else get blamed, prosecuted to boost up their bonus apart from the billions they have siphoned for themselves n the compliant bureaucrats, who spend all their times darkening themselves while brownosing!
    Ll
    Yes, if u can accept these jialiaobi bootlicking all hours n dreaming how n when to be rewarded with $25 millions for kicking the butts of n humiliate the entire judiciary n the gutless legal fraternity by lying no different from Trump’s killing an In public n get away with it

    Yes, if u can accept these brownosers spending time hown to perfect their darkening technique instead of thinking n working out a scedule of maintenance to avoid risk of hurting the public like the fallen branches, falling concrete n constrction noises during c19, reducing stresses n not adding on more stress than what c19 brings,n more importantly maintenance of the sporting n recreation structure like the lattest death of the poor indian boy caused by the collapse of the basketball board.

    Yes regarding the death of the indian boy at the public basketball court, the ministry in charge should appease his mother with justice with investigation by a ministerial committee of inquiry manned by non papic bootlickers, preferably not political associated professionals. Apart from the first gen papists, the following generations do not believe in maintence until feedback or compliant from the public of danger. Even then they would drag their feet n take teo weeks or more to attend to the problem, presumably hoping this would tired n frustrated the public to become “ aiya, no use calling they just wayang until some got hurt or kill then aiyo bla bla bla The indian boy tragedy could be a case of neglect of maintenance n inspection!

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