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Pinteresque Singapore?

Molly Meek, qu'elle Bimbo blogger satirique, had a brilliant idea to solve the problem of ministers who had been previously missing out on all those millions in salary they could have been making in the business world.

Let them go. "Let's liberate our ministers and not encumber their progress!!!"

Release them from their Ministerial bondage, let them fly, let them try make as much money as they can in the real world of business...

In other words: "Fuck off, you greedy bastards."

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Yes, let's get things into perspective. If the ministers remain on their current salaries, without a $1million hike, no Singaporean housewives are going to head to Battam to look for their errant tax-driver husbands become maids! They're going to stay here, maltreating the slaves maids they already have, because the rich are gettting richer! That the poor are getting poorer is not here, though it may be there.

The economic indicators and top-end housing booms have been going up and up for over a year now - Singapore is bursting with overseas money - without this salary-hike, so how can you add it post-hoc as a prerequisite for something that has already happened?

Lee Kwan Clueless is obviously slipping into senility, deja-vuing things that he claims need to happen in the future, to back in time through some synaptic glitch which tells him that they must already have happened, because hey, look at where we are now...

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A 2%GST hike is effectively two per-cent income cut for someone whose income is totally taken up with the cost of maintaining their tenuous physical existence, subsisting on this island. It means sacrifices will have to be made, essential necessities will have to be compromised. How to put food into the mouths of my hungry children? How to make the taxi-drivers happy if they work for the first 6 hours to pay off the company, and only when tiredness and errors creep in are they starting to earn income. If you can't understand my plight, how can you be my leader?

A $1million wage rise adds nothing of substance to an already rich person's life. That is why it is important. It means more unnecessary luxuries can be indulged, more yachts can be water-skied behind, more caviar, more truffles. To feed the insatiable social scene, to stuff more useless shiny things into its hungry maw, to give my driver another more exclusive car to polish while I go into the Karaoke parlour, these are my priorities. If you cannot get this in perspective, you don't understand the plight of the rich.

The affected are divided... Is this one conversation, or two intercut monologues?

Very Pinteresque.





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From a 2002 interview with Nobel Laureate, Harold Pinter, on ABC Radio (Australia) broadcast in 2005:

... I think it is the responsibility of a citizen of any country to actually say what he thinks. And I think what is really happening all over the world is that those millions and millions of people who have been given no chance to say what they thought at all because they are degraded, humiliated, oppressed, throughout the world, poverty-stricken with no chance of education or proper health facilities, are really the growing resistance to the way power manifests itself in the political and financial world.


Don't forget, politics — I'm sure you won't forget — that politics and finance are so inextricably involved it seems to me, and we see that now in the States, don't we, where these gigantic companies which have been proved corrupt and fraudulent and cost your ordinary person his pension and so on, are actually in league with government. Government is part of that. And most of the people in the US Administration have been or are still businessmen. In other words you're looking at a government which is a business. And I think we're talking about big business in every respect here, at a level where when the United States talks about its ‘interests’ it actually means ‘we will protect our interests.’ What else does it mean but ‘our financial interests’? Nothing more.


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Posted by: expat@large on Apr 09, 07 | 1:13 pm | Profile


OTHER MONKEYS SAID



... I think it is the responsibility of a citizen of any country to actually say what he thinks. And I think what is really happening all over the world is that those millions and millions of people who have been given no chance to say what they thought at all because they are degraded, humiliated, oppressed, throughout the world, poverty-stricken with no chance of education or proper health facilities, are really the growing resistance to the way power manifests itself in the political and financial world.

- i think the govt has successfully cultivated a nation of subservient citizens who would do their bidding. This is done through (1) kindergarten politics (2) a lame ass education system that kills the brain more than anything else (3) supressing any potential opposition that might come out strongly against them.

then there's the carrot dangling they do. the life upgrades. stupid economic bonuses I can't buy a handbag with.

the singapore culture is so entrenched, it'd take more than a few years to undo the damage that has already been done.


Posted by: The Ivy on Apr 09, 07 | 11:23 pm

To put this in a topical context, not that your post isn't relevant to today's world, far from it...I was just reading this little titbit from the Guardian...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/military/story/0,,2052999,00.html


Posted by: Dick on Apr 09, 07 | 11:35 pm

Not being a Singaporean, with a Singaporean upbringing I can't get into the mind of most people here who do not see the injustices here... Yet so many do.

It frustrates the hell out of me.

Mind you, I felt a similar (though less intense) fustration living in Australia, and I was brought up there. Unfortunately I am not artistic or intelligent enough to transmute the gut feeling I have that something is wrong into reasonable argument or sublime example. So I rant and I quote and I refer and I cut-and-paste...

Molly and Xenoboy and Singabloodypore cover it better for the English speaking Singapore blogosphere.


Posted by: expat@large on Apr 09, 07 | 11:36 pm

Dick, to make a million EXTRA (Singaporean) quid a year in politics here, you don't have write a book, or get captured in Indonesian waters stealing sand, you don't even have to make any brilliant policy moves either (there are none that I've seen in 3 years!), you just have to turn up.

In fact, if you wrote a political book here and your name isn't Lee Kwan Yue, you'd no doubt have all those millions sued right back off you by the said Lee dynasty!


Posted by: expat@large on Apr 09, 07 | 11:43 pm

i'm fine, thanks for the concern...will write more soon...(figured you'd read this before an email)


Posted by: savannah on Apr 10, 07 | 8:30 am

oops i mean the flat and lift upgrades, not the life upgrades. living in singapore, you don't get life upgrades unless if you're a minister. *snigger*


Posted by: The Ivy on Apr 10, 07 | 10:58 am


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