Ladies and Gentlemen,
In any other country that has laws, government ministers like anyone else may get a pension if anything upon retirement, and it is not supposed to be $3.7 million a year at any rate. In Singapore, it is not just a case of the government's open corruption in siphoning off state funds, which in any other country would have rendered them liable to arrest and a long term of imprisonment in light of the huge sums involved; they not only steal it while in office but continue stealing it while retired; which is what 89 year old Lee Kuan Yew is doing!
About a decade ago, he stepped down from his office of Prime Minister and handed it to his son, which meant that in any other country he is supposed to retire. Instead of that, Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's strongman, plucks out a position out of thin air, calling it Minister Mentor and appointing himself in that, and continues stealing $3.7 million a year for this post which he created himself!
Nowhere in the world is there such an idiotically sounding position as Minister Mentor, let alone a case where it justifies $3.7 million a year, in an island where 1/3 of the people are living at or below the starvation line and daily 2 people commit suicide without fail, by jumping out of their empty high rise apartments, because they have nothing to eat!
Although paying himself and every one of his ministers $3.7 million while he was in office is already a crime, it is an even greater crime taking that money after he is retired, which he is now.
Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew today is not only of no use to anyone, being 89 years of age, and spending most of his time in an out of hospital, he is an fact a huge embarrassment. An embarrassment because he is considered by everyone else except by his minions and cronies in Singapore not only as a thief but also as politician who had lacked that wisdom and foresight to understand that leaving Singapore, which he will do by kicking the bucket sooner than later given his age and health, in it's completely helpless situation without a clear system for change of leadership, is a clear heading for disaster. The way it is now, with all power concentrated in one man, himself, and noone else even daring a squeak, Iraq and Afghanistan today would be seen as peaceful and calm as Lake Placid not far from here, compared to Singapore.
An astute leader with even a rudimentary understanding of human nature would have known that merely building skyscrapers and bringing in hordes of foreigners and millionaire bank thieves from Indonesia would not ensure a smooth transition of leadership in a change of government. A legal system has to be in place where alternative leaders smoothly and seamlessly step into the shoes of the government which continues without upheaval and calamity.
Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew who continues to steal several millions of taxpayers money year after year and calling it a salary is not only a thief, he is also completely lacking in the knowledge of what it takes for peaceful political transition in government.
Unless the people of Singapore can manage to stop this ongoing theft before our very eyes, and do something to bring about a smooth transition of government this very minute, I fear not only that the people's coffers will suffer a serious financial loss, if not already, and with this old sick tyrant's death any minute now, you are going to have island wide upheaval and unrest, which would mean that Singapore as it is today is no more. My only hope is that the interregnum of chaos and upheaval which is inevitable would not also see bloodshed. I am as you know against violence but I fear the worst. Only time will tell.
Attorney at Law
Disbarred from practicing law in Lee's Singapore, imprisoned and refused entry to the island for criticizing Singapore's judiciary in this blog (see blogpost May 29, 2008 Singapore. Judge Belinda Ang's Kangaroo Court)
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