“Cheaper, better, faster”
“Upturn the downturn”
“Better, betterer, betterest”
According to a state media Straits Times interview, retiring Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say defended himself against public criticisms saying that he invented his “catchy catchphrases” from “40 years” of experience:
“These are not hollow slogans and sound bites, but a distillation of what I’ve learned through 40 years of working with technology, interacting with global corporations and from my close and personal engagement with union leaders and workers on the ground. If I were to do it all over again, I would still do very much the same.”
The PAP Minister who is unable to speak in coherent English, laid credits for “raising productivity and pay” of cleaners and the “progressive wage model” (PWM) that sees a mandatory S$1,000 monthly salary for cleaners and security guards. The PWM however also caused salaries to stagnant as none of the employers are willing to pay anymore than the government-mandated minimum. There is also no productivity indicator backing Lim Swee Say’s claims, and instead, statistics shown productivity has been near zero for the past 7 years since 2011 under his charge (Lim Swee Say was NTUC chief from 2007 to 2015, Manpower Minister from 2015 to 2018).
When Lim Swee Say is Manpower Minister, unemployment rate hit the highest in a decade last year at 3.3%. Low wage workers see stagnant salaries and income inequality ballooned to it’s highest when he was NTUC union chief.
PAP Minister Lim Swee Say is also notorious for his crying antics in Parliament, which most Singaporeans slammed as “crocodile tears”.
Lim Swee Say’s successor is Josephine Teo, another PAP airhead who recently praised her predecessor as “one-in-a-billion Minister”.