Sunday, September 18, 2011

David Marshall on greedy self-serving politicians

It's time we start to clean up Singapore politics and get rid of the greedy self-serving politicians - David Marshall

by Vincent Wijeysingha on Saturday, 17 September 2011 at 22:26 (source)

A fine quote from first Chief Minister, David Marshall, in 1994, when PAP ministers started enjoying their high pay schemes:

I've got nothing against money. I'd like to have money myself! I'd like to have a house and a garden and dogs and a car and a chauffeur but, look, I've got a flat. I've got a swimming pool attached to the flat. I've not even got a car but I use taxis. I have a dignified way of life without being wealthy.

I don't see the necessity of owning a Mercedes-Benz and a swimming pool and a couple of mistresses. I think we've got our values all wrong.

You know $ 96,000 a month for a Prime Minister and $ 60,000 a month for a minister. What the hell do you do with all that money? You can't eat it! What do you do with it? Your children don't need all that money.

My children have had the best of education. In fact, I'm very proud of them. One of them is a senior registrar to two major hospitals in Oxford. Another of them is a consultant in European law to the Securities and Investment Board in the United Kingdom. They've had their education. There are no complaints.

I never earned $60,000 a month or $90,000 a month. When I was Chief Minister, I earned $8,000 a month.

Look, what is happening today is we are encouraged to and are becoming worshippers of the Golden Calf.

We have lost sight of the joy and excitement of public service, helping our fellow men. The joy and excitement of seeking and understanding the miracle of the living, the duty and the grandeur. We have lost taste for heroic action in the service of our people.

We have become good bourgeois seeking comfort, security. It's like seeking a crystal coffin and being fed by intravenous injections through pipes in the crystal coffin; crystal coffins stuck with certificates of your pragmatic abilities.

It's time we start to clean up Singapore politics and get rid of the greedy self-serving politicians.

1 comment:

Ajohor said...

Interesting, however, you forget age plays a part and further David Marshall as Chief Minister was among the highest paid salaried persons, based on the per capita income at that time, he could easily afford 1 terrace house every month.

Yes, may agree that there should be a wide range of salary scales and some should be scaled back.

To go back that far is ridiculous, just look at Chen Shu Bian, gave up his presidential salary, however, he received more behind.