Playing mother hen, Ng Eng Hen is leading three greenhorns into parliament via the GRC backdoor, spouting platitudes like:
"look out for residents" - Chong Kee Hiong
"inclusive society is critical" - Chee Hong tat
"contribute to S'pore dream" - Saktiandi Bin Supaat
There's good reason why the chicken crossed the good: the pay over there is better. Jack Neo nailed it with "Money No Enough". Even the superscaled salaried permanent secretary is aiming for the million dollar lottery prize. He claims his wife had reservations, but Ngiam Tong Dow begs to differ:
“When you raise ministers’ salaries to the point that they’re earning millions of dollar, every minister — no matter how much he wants to turn up and tell Hsien Loong off or whatever — will hesitate when he thinks of his million-dollar salary. Even if he wants to do it, his wife will stop him.”
We have seen freshly minted ministers looking out for cardboard collectors with rose-tinted glasses, championing influx of foreigners into the local workforce, and dreaming of the Swiss standard attainable only by the likes of Goh Chok Tong and his cohorts.
The original headline for the ChannelNews Asia post was "All three hot-button issues in the last General Election in 2011 are still on minds of Singaporeans". That was quickly toned down to "Housing, jobs and healthcare weigh heaviest on minds of Singaporeans, survey finds". The heat is still on.
In the land of America, only a competent democratically elected president will make it to term two. Here in lah-lah land, an incompetent after 7 terms, is still asking for more time to address the same three heated issues: Housing, Jobs and Healthcare. By the time a new entrant to the workforce - fighting tooth and nail to stave off foreigners imported to compete for the same job opportunity - finally pays off the last mortgage due, he/she is already in her fifties, staring at a depleted bank account to cope with retirement needs. Based on current estimates, the Medishield Life premium will be at least $1,400. And the dream of car ownership will start at about $100,000, the price of the smallest public housing flat unit.
Hard to believe, but it's currently on your television screens. Fancy powerpoint slides and crafted statistics about Housing, Jobs and Healthcare. Parliament has yet to be dissolved and the writ of election yet to be issued, but campaigning is already in earnest. How is it Lee-gal and Lee-gitimate to misuse public media for selfish party agenda?