I agree that we must not underpay our ministers lest we risk them seeking "alternative sources" of income like those in corrupt countries around the world.
However, what LKY did not do was to follow up with a subsequent statement i.e.
We cannot OVERpay our ministers and argue that their sole reward, if not main, should be money above their contribution to the public good.
Coming back to Chan Chun Seng's $10 Peach Garden carrot cake.
I know what he is driving at. He is advocating 一分钱一分货. The fact that a BMW 740 will definitely be more expensive than a Kia Picanto because one is a German luxurious marvel of automobile technology, the other a Korean tin can on wheels.
The problem is that, and this is where we realise the horror of how we have made the mistake of voting in a simpleton into the cabinet, the price that we paid for the BMW 740 is in fact more than enough to buy a Ferrari 458 Italia.
Yes, BMW 740 is still an excellent car but I much prefer to pay the price of a BMW 740 and get the BMW 740.
I don't have any qualms paying my Prime Minister 3 millions dollars a year and my ministers more than 1 million dollars a year. Each.
Question is that have they performed up to the mark where the people feel that these millions spent were justified.
In short, were they underpaid as LKY hinted?
Judging from the sliding vote numbers with each election and the government scrambling to assemble a ministerial pay review committee to appease the people.
The answer is obviously NO.
Uncle, you want me to pay $10 for a plate of your carrot cake?
Your carrot cake got enough standard or not?
Come back when you as good as Peach Garden, then we talk about your $10. Wokay?
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