Photo of Lee Hsien Loong and Goh Chok Tong from SPH

After getting brickbats from the public over his equating of anyone paid lower than S$500,000 a year as “very very mediocre people”, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong wrote a Facebook post defending his views by repeating that Singaporeans have to pay the most money for the current PAP leaders:

“Singaporeans know quality costs money – from durians to clothes to football players to military weapons. I hope more Singaporeans will think deeply about how to ensure Singapore succeeds. I welcome diverse and dissenting views. I hope to engage them, perhaps through a forum in due course. Singapore deserves the best.”

Goh Chok Tong was Singapore’s former Prime Minister who acted as an interim seat warmer for 14 years so Lee Hsien Loong could officially corrupt and inherit the premiership from his father Lee Kuan Yew.

Attaching a transcript written by his supporter, Goh Chok Tong denied that he said Singaporeans with lower income are mediocre and insisted that his message was taken out of context:

“There is a silver lining behind the heated reactions to my comments at the SECDC conference on getting the best Singaporeans to serve the country. It shows Singaporeans care deeply and hold leaders to account for their words and performance. The audio clip of my reply at the panel discussion being circulated distorted my message by omitting the full discussion…I do not mean nor believe that Singaporeans at whatever level of income are mediocre.”

However, the millionaire minister maintained that a person’s salaries indicate his competence:

“Salaries is not our starting point in looking for Ministers. Character, motivation, commitment, selflessness, practical abilities, competence and proven performance are the main attributes we look for. The first four attributes are veto factors. When we look at abilities, competence and performance are reflected in a person’s compensation (American term for salary).”

The Singapore dictatorship is the world’s most expensive government in the world at S$53 million a year, with the dictator Prime Minister drawing S$2.2 million a year. At his National Day rally speech, the millionaire prime minister claimed that living in Singapore is affordable and everything is cheap. The current ruling party elite consists of cronies and rich businessmen who lobby for exorbitant tax cuts costing the indebted country S$2.27 billion for the 2018 Budget alone.

The Singapore government is currently heavily in debt, owing S$368 billion in CPF funds to the people which Lee Hsien Loong delays by extending Withdrawal Age and Minimum Sum, and depressing CPF interest rates at 2.5%.