The Nanny

The Rhetoric

“I see Singaporeans growing up. They have skills, they should be able to exercise more independent judgement and we should allow them to do more and more for themselves.”
PM Goh Chok Tong, ChannelNewsAsia, Oct 26, 2003

The Reality

“[Singaporeans] have itchy fingers. They have the money, and they will spend it – and then seek the MPs for assistance.”
PM Goh Chok Tong on disallowing Singaporeans to withdraw their CPF money during tough times, Today, Sep 9, 2003