It should have been clear to Singaporeans that PAP MPs have no intention to serve. They only act as rubber stampers in Parliament and assist PAP to prevent transparency from seeing daylight.
While serving as MPs, they are able to further their business interests because of their status and close association with the government. Despite earning the highest-paid part time salary in the world, PAP MPs do not have time for their constituents or are unable to assist them in their hour of need.
A good example would be former MP Alvin Yeo, a lawyer whose initial bill in a prominent case for his firm was reduced from $1 million to $370,000. Team Alvin’s legal expertise could cost up to $77,000 for a day in court. Or so he had assumed.
An MP allowance of about $500 per day was therefore peanuts to Alvin. Is there incentive for him to serve? Most PAP MPs are like Alvin because their bottom line is dollars and cents.
A few PAP MPs such as Tin Pei Ling, Foo Mee Har and Baey Yam Keng may have gone full-time but when something is too good to be true, it probably is.
**Tin was only 27 years old years old when she quit her Ernst and Young job and was probably earning less than half of her MP allowance. When she became an MP, wasn’t her doubling of salary a huge promotion of sorts? PAP MPs who earn more than an MP allowance will NEVER forgo their careers merely to serve.
Foo’s and Baey’s leaving their full time jobs was widely reported and of course this gave PAP’s image a boost.
Foo resigned from Standard Chartered Bank in 2013 but her unemployed status was short-lived. In 2015, Foo became CEO of Wealth Management Institute (WMI).
WMI was established in 2003 by … Temask and GIC. Besides earning almost $1 million in tax dollars for her 5-year MP ‘service’, Foo is earning additonal millions in tax dollars.
Baey never did become a full-time MP as reported by MSM. (“Baey Yam Keng quits job to be full-time MP” by Tessa Wong). How could he be a full-time MP when “He remains with the firm as senior advisor, with reduced working hours”?
Quitting appears to be a wayang as jobs are easily available in the thousands of government-linked companies. But Baey was not compensated for his ‘lost earnings’ by a GLC: he became Parliamentary Secretary for MCCY in 2015.
Including his part-time MP allowance, Baey earns more than $600,000 per year or $50,000 per month.
Baey may have other side incomes but according to PAP Rules of Prudence No. 35, PM Lee has said: “For your own protection, every MP should disclose to me, in confidence your business and professional interests, your present employment and monthly pay, all retainers and fees …”.
If MPs are indeed serving constituents, why should basic infomation such as business and professional interests not be publicly disclosed? It appears there is more than meets the eye.
PAP is all about about greed and NOBODY joins PAP to serve ordinary Singaporeans. With the amount of resources available, why should there be tons of chronic issues if service has been rendered?
If something is too good to be true, it probably is. PAP elites serving peasants is one of them.
**Edited as earlier statement was incomplete. 😦