This is in line with Singapore having no free lunches and being more transparent.
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A Singaporean man has issued an invoice of S$3.20 to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed to him via the Prime Minister’s Office.
This after the Singaporean man stopped to chat with PM Lee for 10 minutes, after being approached by the senior political office holder during his walkabout at one of the markets in Ang Mo Kio GRC on Sunday morning.
The Singaporean man, Ba Wang Chan, said he had to charge for the verbal exchange and trading of ideas and pleasantries as Singapore is removing free lunches to become more transparent and accountable: “I have no choice but to issue the invoice and charge the prime minister for taking up my time.”
“This is line with the recent move by the Ministry of Education wanting to charge teachers for parking their vehicles in schools as a way to ensure more transparency and accountability and removing free lunches and unsubstantiated privileges.”
“I’d like to send a message that just because he is Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, it doesn’t mean he has the privilege of barging in on my morning breakfast with my family and ask me how I am doing, if everything is okay and what ideas I have to make the community a livelier place.”
“My ideas, if they are so important and readily implemented by politicians, would have a value attached to them. I am not going to give it away for free like this and allowing PM Lee to use them to make his elected position more tenable.”
“As a middle management level employee, I make about S$20 an hour in Singapore. So S$3.20 for 10 minutes of my time is quite a steal already.”
Other Singaporeans who spoke to elected Members of Parliament over the weekend on walkabouts said they fully support the idea of charging for casual chats.
Another local, Jiang Hua, said: “This habit of having things for free has to stop, especially for civil servants and those in politics.”
“Paying Singaporeans to chat during walkabouts will be just a start.”
“In the future, Singaporeans making up the population need to be paid for carrying out government-implemented policies that directly affect them.”
“Because the government is getting away with a free lunch each time they make large population of citizens do their bidding for free.”
“That’s not being very transparent and accountable in the first place.”