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S’poreans agree having 2 Acting Ministers of Education means they must share 1 salary

S’poreans agree having 2 Acting Ministers of Education means they must share 1 salary

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This is called fairness and equality.

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Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe in a democratic society based on justice and equality, have come out to agree with one another that having appointed two Acting Ministers of Education means they must share one salary.

This after it was announced at the recent Cabinet reshuffle that two ministers will be sharing the workload previously done by one minister: Ng Chee Meng will be Acting Minister (Schools), while Ong Ye Kung will be Acting Minister (Higher Education and Skills).

One Singaporean, Zhen Gong Ping, said: “Since there are two Acting Ministers of Education, this means that they have half the work load each.”

“Which means each one must receive half the pay as well.”

“It wouldn’t be right to be paying each one of them a full salary when there are now two people doing one job.”

However, not all Singaporeans who heard of this felt this is fair.

Another Singaporean, Jiang Dao Li, said: “Letting them share one salary is unfair. Instead, they should be paid $6 an hour, comparable to the service industry rates in Singapore since they are servants of the people.”

“Actually come to think of it, the two of them must be allowed to fight each other at the end of each month.”

“The winner will take all the salary.”

 

 

 

 

 











S’poreans agree having 2 Acting Ministers of Education means they must share one salary

S’poreans agree having 2 Acting Ministers of Education means they must share one salary

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This is called fairness and equality.

ng-chee-meng-ong-ye-kung

Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe in a democratic society based on justice and equality, have come out to agree with one another that having appointed two Acting Ministers of Education means they must share one salary.

This after it was announced at the recent Cabinet reshuffle that two ministers will be sharing the workload previously done by one minister: Ng Chee Meng will be Acting Minister (Schools), while Ong Ye Kung will be Acting Minister (Higher Education and Skills).

One Singaporean, Zhen Gong Ping, said: “Since there are two Acting Ministers of Education, this means that they have half the work load each.”

“Which means each one must receive half the pay as well.”

“It wouldn’t be right to be paying each one of them a full salary when there are now two people doing one job.”

However, not all Singaporeans who heard of this felt this is fair.

Another Singaporean, Jiang Dao Li, said: “Letting them share one salary is unfair. Instead, they should be paid $6 an hour, comparable to the service industry rates in Singapore since they are servants of the people.”

“Actually come to think of it, the two of them must be allowed to fight each other at the end of each month.”

“The winner will take all the salary.”

 

 

 

 

 











Cycle of logic: Epic illustration is epic

Cycle of logic: Epic illustration is epic

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Why do Singaporeans sometimes feel every problem is because of the PAP?

In other news:

Bad timing to blame for fingerpointing at PAP

PM Lee was to go on scheduled leave. Reported on Dec. 16.

News of PM Lee's scheduled leave broke on the same day as news of someone with initiative broke the MRT glass door panel.

Piping hot candidates roll off the PAP assembly line

Piping hot candidates roll off the PAP assembly line

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Men in White maintain consistency and quality control with new products politicians.

By Fang Shihan

Photo: Straits Times, PAP

THE stale smell of pre-election fever wafts in the air. Voters stand patiently in line for their turn at the menu while the state propaganda machine revs into motion.

“Desmond Choo! Ong Ye Kung! Janil Puthucheary! New! Fresh! Hot! Just out of the fryer! Only 1 serving each, special offer!”

Like any self-respecting McDonald’s outlet, the PAP takes great pride in maintaining consistency and quality control in terms of policies, ideology and of course, its politicians. Order a pack of fries anywhere around the world and chances are, they’ll look, taste and smell exactly the same.

A winning formula that must be replicated repeatedly. Because customers return only for the exact same experience they’ve had before. As the old PAP adage goes: “You must love us. Otherwise why would we get re-elected time and time again?”

How about: “We don’t really like you that much, but you’re the lesser of two evils”.

Fast food outlets dominate the F&B industry in lower-income neighbourhoods because it’s relatively inexpensive and satiates hungry workers quickly, giving a temporary energy high.

Likewise, the 45-year reign of the PAP has been based upon a guarantee that the PAP candidate will be the safer, less politically expensive choice (he won’t take risks with policy or potentially give you a suckerpunch out of the blue). The intentionally designed 9-day campaigning period also provides a temporary rush of free choice or even chaos, satiating a growing call for freedom of expression.

Such long reigns, especially with a quickly evolving population and landscape such as Singapore, are usually difficult to maintain. However the PAP has done it remarkably well. Not by oppression or by quickly adapting to a changing environment, but by having a good marketing department.

The ruling party claims that the new candidates offer new voices and more diversity. It also claims a willingness to adapt to the times.

McDonald’s supports a healthy lifestyle too.

Let’s see how much diversity the three newbies provide.

Desmond Choo, Ong Ye Kung and Janil Puthucheary have emerged from labour, labour, and in labour respectively. Maybe give Janil extra labour points for working in KK women’s hospital, in addition to being the son of a formerly detained Barisan Sosialis politician.

The PAP’s merely maintaining the stuff that got them elected in the first place. It was a winning formula after all.

They all score points for being more leftist than the current PAP.

And boy does the Straits Times know how to play it up.

“In what is believed to be the first, two are sons of former leftist politicians… They were keen to stress that despite being on the wrong side of history, their fathers supported them fully in joining the PAP”. Ye Kung is the other second-gen leftist.

Pray tell. How does this make them different from any other pseudo-leftist PAP politician? Oh wait. They’re hardcore labour because they have a bloodline to boast about. Really?

Let’s do a quick comparison with the PAP man most criticised for being overly ‘capitalist’ – Mr Mah you-made-HDBs-unaffordable Bow Tan. Mah started his career at the Singapore Bus Service and was also formerly Chairman of NTUC Comfort (1983–86) and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Singapore Institute of Labour Studies (1990–2002). Oh dear, it seems that even the most ‘right’ of the ruling party is… left!

Perhaps in the event of factionalism, the PAP would split into: left, lefterer and lefterest.

To be fair, there are some differences between these 3 guys and the rest of Team White. Desmond Choo, clearly playing in response to opposition accusations that the PAP doesn’t care for the poor, plays Santa Claus by advocating more help for the underprivileged. Unlike previous brave men who have ventured into Hougang and emerged pants down, he attempts to out-teochew, out-chinese-ed Low This Khiang.

Oh, and he tears up during the interview with ST too. What a nice boy and what a drastic change to the cold uncompassionate image of the PAP.

It’s all about the image. The product doesn’t ever change. Like how McDonald’s claims it’s adding diversity and nutrition into its meals by selling apple slices with caramel dip. Or worse, the revolutionary chipotle shaker fries.

As the old saying goes: All the same kuan one (kuan can be replaced with ‘pattern’).

Some food for thought: should consistency, quality control and replication be condemned? Voters at the ballot box need to choose between clearly differentiated parties with different identities and values. The PAP’s merely maintaining the stuff that got them elected in the first place. It was a winning formula after all.

More New Nation content on GE2011 here.