Singapore politicians say the darnest things

Enough of George Bush quotations, here is a list of quotations by local politicians. There may exist misquotations, after all the source is an email.

“Right now we have Low Thia Khiang, Chiam See Tong, Steve Chia. We can deal with them. Suppose you had 10, 15, 20 opposition members in Parliament. Instead of spending my time thinking what is the right policy for Singapore, I’m going to spend all my time thinking what’s the right way to fix them, to buy my supporters votes, how can I solve this week’s problem and forget about next year’s challenges?”
Lee Hsien Loong, 3 May 2006.

“…you have to pay the market rate or the man will up stakes and join Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers or Goldman Sachs and you would have an incompetent man and you would lose money by the billions!”
Lee Kuan Yew said on April 2007

“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

“If you don’t include your women graduates in your breeding pool and leave them on the shelf, you would end up a more stupid society… So what happens? There will be less bright people to support dumb people in the next generation. That’s a problem.”
Lee Kuan Yew in 1983

“Only 5% are unemployed. We still have 95% who are employed.”
Yeo Cheow Tong

“Retrenchment is good for Singapore. If there is no retrenchments, then I worry.”
Goh Chok Tong

“We must encourage those who earn less than $200 per month and cannot afford to nurture and educate many children never to have more than two… We will regret the time lost if we do not now take the first tentative steps towards correcting a trend which can leave our society with a large number of the physically, intellecually and culturally anaemic.”
Lee Kuan Yew in 1967

“Contrary to public perception, the White Horse classification is not to ensure that sons of influential men gets preferential treatment. Instead it is to ensure that they do not get preferential treatment.”
Cedric Foo

“No, it was not a U-turn, and neither was it a reversal of government policy. But you can call it a rethink.”
Yeo Cheow Tong

“I give you an example: you put out a fun podcast, you talk about”bak chor mee’; I will say “mee siam mai hum”, then we compete.”
Lee Hsien Loong

“I don’t think that there should be a cap on the number of directorship that a person can hold.”
PAP MP John Chen who holds 8 directorships

“It’s not for the money because some of the companies pay me as little as $10,000 a year.”
PAP MP Wang Kai Yuen who holds 11 directorships.

“We started off with (the name) and after looking at everything, the name that really tugged at the heartstrings was in front of us. The name itself is not new, but what has been used informally so far has endeared itself to all parties.”
Mah Bow Tan on the $400,000 exercise to rename Marina Bay as Marina Bay.

“Having enjoyed football as a national sport for decades, we in Singapore have set ourselves the target of reaching the final rounds of World Cup in 2010.”
Ho Peng Kee

“I would want to form an alternative policies group in Parliament, comprising 20 PAP MPs. These 20 PAP MPs will be free to vote in accordance with what they think of a particular policy. In other words, the whip for them will be lifted. This is not playing politics, this is something which I think is worthwhile doing.”
Goh Chok Tong

“If you want to dance on a bar top, some of us will fall off the bar top. Some people will die as a result of liberalising bar top dancing – a young girl with a short skirt dancing on it may attract some insults from some other men, the boyfriend will start fighting and some people will die.”
Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports

“People support CPF cuts because there are no protest outside Parliament.”
Lee Hsien Loong

“Save on one hairdo and use the money for breast screening.”
Lim Hng Kiang

“Singaporean workers have become more expensive than those in the USA and Australia.”
Tony Tan

“I regret making the decision because, in the end, the baby continued to be in intensive care, and KKH now runs up a total bill of more than $300,000″
Lim Hng Kiang, regretting the decision to save a baby’s life because KKH ran up a $300,000 bill

“Without the elected president and if there is a freak result, within two or three years, the army would have to come in and stop it.”
Lee Kuan Yew Kuan Yew

“Please do not assume that you can change governments. Young people don’t understand this”
Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, post-2006 General Elections

“How much do you want? Do you want three meals in a hawker centre, food court or restaurant?”
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan

“People could buy frozen food instead of more expensive fresh food… They could opt for house brand goods, which cost less than others..”
Lee Hsien Loong

“Based on figures provided by ComfortDelGro, Singapore’s biggest taxi operator, cabbies are pocketing about $11 more a day, earning about $318.”
Mr. Raymond Lim

“GST hike is to help the poor.”
Lee Hsien Loong

“I mean, we are different. This was a lapse, what to do, it’s happened.”
Lee Hsien Loong

“You know, the cure for all this talk is really a good dose of incompetent government. You get that alternative and you’ll never put Singapore together again: Humpty Dumpty cannot be put together again…and your asset values will be in peril, your security will be at risk and our women will become maids in other people’s countries, foreign workers.”
Lee Kuan Yew – Justifying pay hikes for Singapore ministers, The Straits Times, 5 April 2007

“This should never have happened. I am sorry that it has.”
Wong Kan Seng

“Every month, when I receive my CPF statement, I feel so rich and the best part is, I know the CPF money won’t run away. CPF will still be around for a long, long time to come. Not only is it earning good interest, my capital is protected.”
Lim Swee Say

All quotations are attached with little to none context. They may not be representative at all. Read it for leisure only.

13 thoughts on “Singapore politicians say the darnest things”

  1. Whilst some of it may be really silly, there are plenty that makes sense when you really think about it. Plenty are taken out of context and misinterpreted.

  2. ignorantsoup: I agree. All quotations are attached with little to none context. They may not be representative at all. Read it for leisure only.

  3. HAHAHAHAHAHA. outstanding. i LOVE it.
    ohgdness, whatever happened to vivian balakrishnan and lim swee say – they used to be sensible.

  4. Those “infamous utterances” by the princely-paid PAP leaders are reflective of their mindsets with which public policies are being framed for the People. With such leaders, Singapore did not have enemies.

  5. When Mas Selamat first “escaped”.

    Wong Kan Seng, “We will spare no expense…”

    Fast Forward to a few months later, “We offer a $50,000 reward…”

    It took them a few months to find $50,000?

    After a few months of spending x-millions on SAF lookouts, Commando searches, police and coast guard patrols, Gurkha deployments etc etc.?

    If they wanted to “spare no expense”, why not just offer a $1,000,000 reward within the first few hours of the escape? What a sham.

  6. Jay: I think to a certain extend they are confident of locating Mas Selamat by themselves. In my opinion, the $50,000 is merely some sort of good will money that would be given for any information on him. It is unfortunate that the authorities failed to locate Mas Selamat in time. I believe Wong Kan Seng is not referring to just financial expenses here, I can imagine the police and military stepping up their patrols.

  7. i am way slow for this but… i got to ask..

    [quote] ignorantsoup
    Whilst some of it may be really silly, there are plenty that makes sense when you really think about it. Plenty are taken out of context and misinterpreted.

    Apr 04
    [/quote]

    may you enlighten me which of the ‘plenty’ that is taken out of context, and how should i be interpreting them?

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