Articles: Political Hors D'œuvre


04 March 2011

"I used to be hungry in school because I didn't have enough money."
- Six-year old Susan Peng, whose father earns $400 working as a coffee-shop assistant.

"You pay peanuts, you get monkeys."
- On why PAP ministers should be paid million-dollar salaries

Foreigners, Yes. Minimum Wage, No.

13 January 2011

While we allow a lot of foreign workers to enter Singapore, we've never done so at the expense of high unemployment in Singapore. (Today, 13 Jan 2011)

- Lim Swee Say, Minister and Labour Chief

(reiterating that the labour movement has no intention to adopt a minimum wage here.)

Golden peanuts

16 October 2010

"For a person who runs a million-dollar charitable organisation, $600,000 is peanuts as it has a few hundred millions in reserves."

- Mrs Goh Chok Tong
(on T. T. Durai's salary at NKF)

No regret on YOG spending

14 August 2010

"If I could rewind time, with the benefit of hindsight, I should have budgeted a larger amount in the first place," he says.

"But the real question is if I knew that it was going to cost this amount, would I still have proceeded to bid for the games? The answer is a definite 'yes'." (BBC News, 14 Aug 2010)

- Vivian Balakrishnan,
Minister of Community Development, Youth and Sports

On the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) spending which has surpassed the original estimates of $104 million by more than three times to approximately $387 million.

Giving people space to express views

29 July 2010

"I hope people will be able to give (younger members) space to grow and learn. The last thing we want is people who are scared to express their views." (Today, 29 July 2010) 

- Baey Yam Keng,
PAP Member of Parliament

(on the callous remarks made by YPAP leader Jack Lin Xinli on Singaporeans being "3rd class citizens")

There should be no retirement age

28 July 2010

"There should be no retirement age for workers... You work as long as you can work and you will be healthier and happier for it." (Channel News Asia, 28 July 2010) 

- Lee Kuan Yew,
Minister Mentor