Ladies and Gentlemen,
Is it a mindless waste of taxpayer's money to be paying millions to the sorts like, Lee Kuan Yew's recently handpicked Minister for Law K Shanmugam? This is the question that sometimes comes to mind.
We all know that Singaporean ministers are the highest paid in the world, like the corrupt politicians of Burma and the diamond rich African states. But usually this corruption usually applies to the dictators and the rulers. They don't go around paying petty minions of theirs millions as well, unless of course they have something to offer.
And in this case, I begin to ask, what has this Tamil lawyer have to offer. Of course we know that he has been a PAP card carrying member since he was a boy, for which he scored high marks in the Singaporean University closely protected by Lee Kuan Yew's friends. He was immediately thereafter, under Lee Kuan Yew's orders, given a job in a big law firm, given the top cases and made Minister thereafter.
But why you may ask? He is after all a Tamil. He does not have an uncle who is a CK Tang or a billionaire banker who could give him million dollar cases. Had Lee Kuan Yew not helped him with these jobs, he would probably be in a cubicle office in People's Park Center opposite the Subordinate Courts where all the poor lawyers are. And if Lee Kuan Yew requires his loyalty, I am sure he will be as loyal as he even if paid a fraction of what he gets paid now.
With no connections and no special ability whatsoever, he has nowhere to go, even if the man was paid $5,000.00 a month. And that is what Singaporean taxpayers should be asking. What need is there to pay someone like this Tamil lawyer, millions of dollars of taxpayers money? He would do what he does now for $5,000.00 a month. Singaporeans should demand that the government stop wasting money on men such as this, who have nothing really to offer.
If Lee Kuan Yew was looking for a Tamil to fill the job of Minister for Law for appearances, among the 3600 lawyers in Singapore, you might find a 1,000 for much less.
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