For someone appointed as Senior Minister of State for the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, Grace Fu is a master of misinformation, a retard in communications, and pretty artless on Facebook. Don't blame us, we never voted for her. She slided into parliament in 2006 on the coat-tails of some senior politician in the Jurong GRC.
"I had some ground to believe that my family would not suffer a drastic change in the standard of living even though I experienced a drop in my income. ... If the balance is tilted further in the future, it will make it harder for any one considering political office," she wrote. What's there to misunderstand about her focus on pecuniary priorities? When she made the threat about "harder for any one considering political office", she surely wasn't referring to other political aspirants within her family group.
And if there's any doubt about what was "tilted further in the future", she makes it plain as day in her following posting: ".. it may not be wise to call for the trade-offs to be tilted further to an extent that it dissuades good people from coming forward in future." You probably heard the same refrain from the nocturnal denizens of Geylang, "No money, no honey."
The long overdue correction in the obscene ministerial salaries is hardly a trade-off between personal and national pursuits. It is a matter of public service altruism versus self centred greed. If money is all that matters, Lim Kim San would not have taken up the challenge of building houses for the masses as a volunteer, and foregoing a salary for three whole years.
Unfortunately for us, Grace Fu is not the only misguided soul. She's simply one of many MIW following the example of her political paymaster. PM Lee Hsien Loong told BBC journalist Jonathan Head in 2009: "...these are jobs where you make decisions which are worth billions of dollars. And you cannot do that if you’re pretending and you just say, well, we’re all in it for the love of king and country."
Papa Lee makes it nauseatingly clear in "Hard Truths" (page 123): "We're in this part of the world where "money politics" is the culture, we're not in Europe, nor Australasia or some region where different political cultures prevail."