You $pin Me Round

By | April 7, 2007

Once again, Lee Kuan Yew is trying to spread FUD when he said that it is “absurd” for Singaporeans to quarrel about ministerial pay and warned that Singapore would suffer if the government could not pay competitive salaries.

“Your security will be at risk and our women will become maids in other people’s countries,” he claimed.

Does this sound like someone you know? Like the idiotic George Bush, for instance. Not that I’m trying to imply that Lee is a senile minister. You’ll have to draw your own conclusion.

No matter how the PAP government tries to put a spin on things, it cannot fool all the people all the time.

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You spin me right round, baby…right a record…round round round round…

3 thoughts on “You $pin Me Round

  1. Juha

    Little Dragon reinforces the Steel SuperRiceBowl!

    Dammit, that’s good money in anyone’s book. Top ministers here only earn about a tenth of that.

  2. Stephen

    Looks more like a giant diamond-studded titanium rice bowl to me, if the report that ministers who turn 55 actually receive both salary and pension at the same time is true.

  3. Anonymous

    Editorial: Lee Kwan Yew: a ratbag to the end

    Taipei Times
    Saturday, Apr 14, 2007, Page 8

    It seems the Australian government-academic establishment is running out of
    Asian autocrats to fete. Chancellor Allan Hawke and Vice Chancellor Ian Chubb of
    the Australian National University (ANU) are the latest to join the Australian
    movers and shakers who laud distasteful people — in their case, former
    Singaporean prime minister Lee Kwan Yew, who now holds an ANU honorary

    That the ANU could impugn its reputation for excellence in Asian studies and
    human rights law to further the ambitions of its top two officers is surprising
    enough. That these men should ram through the award by shelving university
    processes of review and then praise Lee’s “integrity,” “commitment to advancing
    the causes of peace and prosperity” and “international statesmanship [sic]” is
    downright contemptible. But credit where credit’s due: Lee would applaud their

    Hawke and Chubb, no doubt, will be unmoved to hear of Lee’s most recent slur
    against a head of state — hardly proper protocol, one might think, for the
    recipient of a gong for statesmanship. Nonetheless, on April 4, Lee trotted out
    an attack on President Chen Shui-bian (’…G), saying that he was duping
    Taiwanese into believing that independence from China is possible because war
    would result and the US would not intervene.

    The problem with this salvo was that it wasn’t just personal; it was a bouquet
    to China and a put-down directed at millions of Taiwanese people who believe in
    democracy and liberty. So a personal attack on Lee for his cardigan despotism
    and hubris is perfectly in order — because so much of Singapore and its
    neuroses are linked to Lee’s person.

    Lee’s record on human rights is poor. He, like other autocrats in the region,
    demeans his people by labeling liberties of press and academic freedom as
    Western conceits that are not conducive to “Asian” societies. This mentality —
    culturalist bordering on racist — set up one of the more enduring intellectual
    hoaxes of the 1990s, namely that there exist “Asian values” (as opposed to
    Western or Judeo-Christian values, presumably, though his argument was never
    coherent). And these values, funnily enough, seem to absolve people such as Lee
    for oppressive behavior — as long as an economic return is delivered.

    Lee’s legacy of authoritarianism lives on. This week saw the banning of a
    documentary about a long-time political prisoner in Singapore, Said Zahari.
    Suffice it to say that Singapore’s credibility is shaky if it can’t face up to
    events of 30 years ago and cites social order as a pretext for shutting down

    And if it wasn’t clear before, it should be now: With the latest pay rise that
    lawmakers have awarded themselves (justification: lavishing millions of dollars
    on the “most talented” legislators and executive officials beats corruption),
    the Singaporean state can now be dubbed the world’s most lucrative — and
    sanitized — protection racket. Lee, who these days goes under the risible title
    of “minister mentor,” will himself pocket another small fortune. But even by
    Singaporean standards, this self-aggrandizement is so brazen that Prime Minister
    Lee Hsien Loong has promised to donate his new riches to charity.

    Lee Kwan Yew, his son and their supporters can keep their city-state kleptocracy
    and their largely pliant people. And long may he be courted by foreign academic
    powerbrokers and governments dazzled by his connections.

    But Lee Kwan Yew is no friend of Taiwan. Until Singapore learns to deal with
    domestic political opponents other than by intimidating, bankrupting, arresting
    and torturing them, there is little to learn from Lee’s fiefdom or his lectures.
    Taiwan has seen it all before — and left it behind.


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