Articles: Political Hors D'œuvre

A flood is a flood

10 January 2012

"National water agency PUB should not have called the phenomenon at the water-logged areas 'ponding'. As far as I am concerned, PUB should not have not used the word 'ponding'."

- Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
(Straits Times, 10 Jan 2012)

Support for CPF cuts

29 July 2011

"People support CPF cuts because there are no protest outside the Parliament."

- Lee Hsien Loong,
Prime Minister

Cannot be helped

22 July 2011

"So you've got to accept the discomfort, which the local citizens fear that they are competing unequally for jobs. (It) cannot be helped."

- Lee Kuan Yew, former Minister Mentor (Channel News Asia, 22 July 2011)

"From time to time, fare increases cannot be helped," he said. But there are many schemes to help those in need, he added.

- Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister (The Straits Times, 24 July 2011)

Respectful ministerial salaries

24 May 2011

"If the annual salary of the Minister of Information, Communication and Arts is only $500,000, it may pose some problems when he discuss policies with media CEOs who earn millions of dollars because they need not listen to the minister's ideas and proposals, hence a reasonable payout will help to maintain a bit of dignity."

- Dr Lim Wee Kiak, PAP MP for Nee Soon GRC (Lianhe Wanbao, 24 May 2011)

White horse

19 April 2011

"Contrary to public perception, the White Horse classification is not to ensure that sons of influential men gets preferential treatment. Instead it is to ensure that they do not get preferential treatment."

- Cedric Foo,
the then Minister of State for Defence

No duds allowed in my Parliament

31 March 2011

No, we are not preventing competition. What we are preventing is duds getting into Parliament and government.

Any person of quality, we welcome him but we don't want duds. We don't want Chee Soon Juan, or J.B. Jeyaretnam. They're not going to build the country.

- Lee Kuan Yew, Minister Mentor
("Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going, by Straits Times Press, 2011)