Highly paid politicians argue over meaning of word

Posted on 29 May 2014

Things getting existential in parliament.

By Nyi Nyi



MPs Indranee Rajah and Low Thia Khiang sparred over the meaning of “constructive politics” during the recent parliamentary session.

The two MPs, who each earn several hundred thousand dollars a year, thought it was a good idea to dedicate parliamentary time to sorting out what words mean.

Workers’ Party chief Low Thia Khiang started off the proceedings by questioning what “constructive politics” meant when the President used it.

At some point, PAP MP Indranee Rajah argued that the word was probably not what the opposition claimed it was. She further gave her definition.

Jiang Ying Wen, an average man on the Singaporean street, said he was riveted by the discussion and glad that his tax dollars were being used properly: “I would really have liked issues concerning my stagnating wage and higher cost of living addressed, but knowing the meaning of a word is also quite useful lah.”

The issue is far from settled though, as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who earns in excess of a few million a year, is expected to weigh in soon.


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  • Anon

    Low Thia Khiang isn’t a Minister.

    • CaptainObvious

      Lee Hsien Loong is Lee Kuan Yew’s son.