Monday, September 14, 2009
Can work what!
For some time now I've entertained the thought that in Malaysia and other Asian countries some form of "corruption" or "benefits" can and do work. With positive results for both the receipients and the givers. No? Okay, look at this example.
Singapore's ministers are the best paid politicians in the world. The Singaporean prime minister receives an annual salary of S$3.9 million. Lee Hsien Loong's salary is more than the allocations to some of the island republic's social services like Hospice services which receive S$3.5 million annually. But nobody in Singapore complains. Okay la, so most of them dare not complain and the others just shrug and say "So?".
Malaysian ministers receive rather more down to earth pay packages. I think I read somewhere that our prime minister only receives about RM20,000 or less a month. And almost everybody in Malaysia is complaining. What the hell la!!!
So the Singapore PM takes home millions a year. Nobody there complains. Why? Everything works. The MRT is clean, comfy and efficiently affordable. Education system works. No traffic jams. Almost everybody can own their own homes. Etc. etc. etc. "Hiyah! Never mind la. Can make a good living lor. My children future okay lor."
So Malaysian ministers are paid peanuts (look I am not the one who completed that sentence ya?) but we still complain about them. Why? Because things don't work so well here. Highways crack, hillslope developments collapse, education system sucks......
So what am I saying? I say let our politicians take bribes. RASUAH. Take as much as you want to be on par with those Singaporean flers. But also make sure that the fler you award the contract to does a good job so that the Rakyat can enjoy first class facilities. That way, WIN-WIN ma! You can be rich without anyone raising any eyebrows. And we go on our merry ways out of your hair. Yes or not?
Huh? I think I better go back to sleep. It must be the medication causing this hallucination. Sorry ah.