Related topic: PAP’s track record, what track record?
While reading some comments on “PAP record speaks for itself: Sengkang MP“, it sets me thinking can the current high-paying MPs and ministers claim the credits for the good works done by the founding fathers? When MM Lee first proposed in the 80s to peg the the ministers’ salaries to the top income earners in the country, he probably had not anticipated the backlash to the respect, goodwill and trust on these politicians are lost as a result. Some in forumers even go as far as labelling the super high salary as “legal corrrrruption“. Here are a sample of the interesting discussion on this thread:
“If anyone is to be credited with Singapore’s early success, it should be Dr Albert Winsemius, a Dutch economist sent by the United Nations to Singapore in 1960 to help Singapore industrialise.
“85% Singaporeans live in HDB flats of which 90% are owned by them
I thank Dr Goh Keng Swee and his team for making this possible, not Mah Bow Tan who made them unaffordable for the masses. ”
“the fastest-growing economy in the world, with GDP growth of 14.5% for the year 2010
So the ministers and top civil servants get 8 months of bonuses, the president sees a $890k salary increase. On the other hand, how much has Singapore’s median income increased from last year?”
Three once-in-fifty-year floods in two months
Unaccounted losses by GIC, Temasek Holdings and PAP Town Councils
HUGE Ministerial salary increases
Overblown YOG $389m budget
Mas Selamat escape fiasco
MRT depot security fiasco
Racist remarks by Lee Kuan Yew who “stands corrected”
“Contrasting the high ministerial salaries to the sums that those under the Public Assistance scheme receive, some of the Opposition candidates also attacked the PAP for not caring enough for the people.
These are signs that the “new PAP” cadre, a term coined by Singapore Democratic Party candidate Michelle Lee, do not match up to their predecessors – a comparison drawn by three of the four Opposition parties that held their rallies last night.
Back in the 1970s and 1980s, National Solidarity Party secretary-general Goh Meng Seng said, Singapore used to be a “good country” with jobs, cheap housing and low healthcare costs.
“Old ministers like Goh Keng Swee … were very Socialist, they took care of the people,” said Mr Goh speaking at a rally site near Geylang East Central.”