Lui Cock Yew: Sri Dewa barber after the salary cut?

5 Jan

I mean seriously, look at this Lui Cock Yew who just kena $500K pay cut, honestly, do you think he will go to Sri Dewa barber after the pay cut? Sometimes i think he look more adorable with the turban on. Even after the pay cut, ministers’ pay is still a sky high $1.1mil (or more) and Min Lui won’t change his hair style while Tony and Tharman will still buy the same brand of hair oil (or is it head oil?). Does it really make a difference to them? Or to us? But really Mr Brown got it spot on when he said “no one cares about your pay cut if you don’t solve their problems.”

My barber was sacked from Sri Dewa, he runs a grass cutting company now.

Most improved dressing for PAP minister 2011

The review committee can cut and cut but if you still choose call to orchard road flooding as ‘ponding’ then god bless you for the next GE. Pay cuts are frivolous, please solve the real issues like transport, education and social safety nets.

On attracting political talent

You mean with $1.1mil and still got problem attracting talent to join politics? Then could it be our society and education system is so steeped in monetary and materialistic terms that we do not know the meaning of sacrifice or sacrifice has degenerated into a measurement of dollars and cents. So PAP, now you know, 40% cut from the median income of top 1000 earning Singaporeans is not considered a sacrifice. Try harder next time, maybe 50% or 60% cut and better make sure your wife don’t work in Temasek or GLCs!

Looking at how this debate is going, it seems almost everyone in Singapore measures sacrifice in $$$. I am sure if you ask any capable CEO (male/female), sacrifice would mean he cannot go KTV visit his favourite PRC consort, cannot buy $10k single malt whiskey, cannot order Hermes bag for Chinese new year to show off to relatives, cannot order new Porsche model, cannot go casino!!

On setting benchmarks

Currently, the benchmark is 2/3 of the median income of the top 8 earners in six professions. Ministers’ pay was highest in 2008 when it was $2mil and nearly 70% of this benchmark while they took a pay cut of $400k in 2009 when the economy was bad. Let’s give unto Caesar what is due to say that this benchmark has never been breached.

Now with the new proposed benchmark of a 40% cut of the median of the top 100 earning Singaporeans (and all their pensions chopped), PAP ministers will die die make sure they meet this benchmark. Economy good, economy bad, top 1000 earning Singaporeans will still earn good money. So this setting benchmark is really just a political wayang. Why do you think Pinky Loong accept the proposals straight after it was presented to him? Clearly, this ministerial review done by Gerard Ee was in-consultation with Pinky Loong and his cronies all along. A source whispered to me the real person behind this ministerial review committee is actually NTUC chief is John De Payva who has a direct line to the Manpower Minister.

What is finally clear

Finally, henceforth we now know ministers’ salaries is about $1.1mil all inclusive of bonuses, perks, benefits, allowances and no more pensions. To know this figure is like harder than finding your ancestors buried on Bukit Brown. Really, who needs to know how many months of bonus they get? We just need to know how much they get in total before we can propose further cuts.

After GE2011, the Govt has to be more transparent, from the CNB statistical error to HSA flawed DNA testing and SMRT failures, the issues are now put up for public scrutiny. With this transparency, it is easier for the public to decide if ministers should suffer more pay cuts or balik kampong in five years’ time since Pinky Loong likes to talk about report cards during general elections. This is perhaps the best thing out of this ministerial salary review.

More deserving than Grace Fu

At the current rate of $1.1mil, hopefully many more Singaporeans more deserving than Grace Fu come forward to serve as they do not see the sacrifices measured in monetary terms like money face Fu but a true willingness to servant leadership. The question for all Singaporeans is how much is enough to please everyone including taxi drivers? $500K for ministers? I am sure Mah Bow Tan and Wong Kan Seng won’t serve for $500K as minister but I am sure Chen Show Mao will. How many Chen Show Maos we have in Singapore or hidden in HK and USA? Faster, please come out and show yourself now.

Tang San Zang: My sacrifice to go collect scriptures is nothing to speak of. It was harder to convince a monkey, a pig and a mutant brute to go along with me for no salary.

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7 Responses to “Lui Cock Yew: Sri Dewa barber after the salary cut?”

  1. les January 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Like the Tang san zang thingy 🙂

  2. Wayne January 6, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    LOL. Isn’t that picture from one of 周星驰’s movie? “Only you….”

    Anyway, critics who always use Obama as an excuse should first try to understand Obama and his family expenses such as holidays are sponsored by the U.S, runs up to a few millions per year.

    Our system runs on ‘clean wage’, if PM wants to go for holiday with his family, he has to fork out from his own salary.

  3. teck soon January 7, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    Slowly but surely WP will assemble a team worthy to contest the current PAP cabinet. They would be cheaper and more honourable than the current PAPies. Pegging to top 1000 earners is unfair to normal citizens, they should be peg to deputy directors of civil service as proposed by WP.

    Btw Lui Tuck Yew also look like Luo Jiaying. Haha.

  4. leslie low January 8, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    High pay is just one factor to attract talent to come out and serve political office. If u ask some talent, they would say 10mil also I won’t do it, but at the same time if u pay like $500K (with no perks) then really very little people willing to do it. Team Singapore will be weaker and smaller. It’s not about attracting 1 person but a whole team.

  5. TanHK January 9, 2012 at 1:19 am #

    This piece is not really the most insightful or mature discussion on the ministerial pay issue.

    You can take a look at Andrew Loh’s and Siew Kum Hong’s articles:

    https://andrewlohhp.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/moving-forward-from-salaries/
    http://siewkumhong.blogspot.com/2012/01/answering-wrong-question-on-ministerial.html

    Those present a more balanced and constructive perspective.

    @leslie low – I agree that while pay is one of the factors, it has to be set at a reasonable amount so that not only the rich are able to have political aspirations but people from all walks of life. People like you and me – Singaporeans.

  6. Daft Singaporean January 9, 2012 at 1:26 am #

    Leslie Low

    I do not agree with your argument. The key issue here is not salary. The key issue here is a fake democratic governance system that resulted in an unaccountable and non-transparent government. This government has abuse its power given by the people. This government has manipulated the constitutions to suit its selfish agenda. Examples are GRC, NMP, NCMP, GLC,…etc. If you think logically and ask logic questions, this government cannot answer your questions but will cite Official Secret Act (OSA), for example, to tell you information and data cannot be open to the public. If you have worked as a senior civil servant before, you would know almost all data and information are considered secret and not allowed to disclose to the public. And you would find some data are just trivial and because of the OSA and sort of self-censorship, public institutions dare not disclose these trivial data to the public. What the ordinary people see and know are those data that have been filtered and edited so that the public could not ask any meaningful questions based on these open information.

    Do you want to live in a country like this? You have your right, of course.

  7. Leslie Low January 9, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    @Mr Daft
    I see where you coming from. In your case, salary doesn’t matter, it’s unfair as long as proposed by incumbent. I respect your views. I think that’s fair.

    For me, as a middle income family with two children and no car and no maid, we hardly pay any income tax. To me most of high salaries actually paid by top earners, big spenders and corporations. But that’s just me.

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