Some Singaporean proverbs

Just when you begin to wonder where’s the Singaporean literati, along comes a bloke who’s combined his political acumen with his penchant for proverbs to wicked, and side-splitting, effect…

One man’s urine is another man’s drinking water.

Citizens should be seen and not heard.

You pay millions, you still get monkeys.

We pay monkeys to get peanuts.

After the government takes enough to balance the budget,
the taxpayer has the job of budgeting the balance.

Cleanliness is next to a Corrective Work Order.

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man an NSF.

Familiarity breeds people who might borrow money from you.

Where there’s a will, there’s a potential lawsuit.

Absence makes the man a quitter.

A land that rewards foreign talents over locals,
will soon be foreign of talents locally,
and eventually be foreign of talents totally.

What goes up can never come down: Law of GST and PTC.

You can lead a citizen to Newater – and you can force him to drink.

One good hike deserves another.

Every big hike starts with a small hike.

Lightning can strike twice if you suay-suay defame the wrong person.

A bird in the hand is cheaper than two in Geylang.

No news is SPH news.

Make hae while the mee boils.

Old soldiers never die, they merely become Temasek employees.

Two’s company, but three’s a GRC.

Honesty is the best policy including honest mistakes.

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