5 days ago, Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan Jin was reported to have been appointed chairman of Healthway Medical. CNA
Singaporeans are naturally upset that Tan – the world’s highest-paid part-timer as Speaker of Parliament, needs another job to supplement his income.
A Mr Cheng Shoong Tat was sufficiently T L to write to ST Forum but must have been pissed by PM Lee’s Press Secretary Chang Li Lin’s reply: the present arrangement is OK, let’s move on. (ST Forum)
Chang defended former paper general Tan’s right to earn additional income and said it was because “almost every Speaker since Mr E.W. Barker in 1963-64 has done so“.
Chang even confirmed that a Speaker has lots of free time because “Parliament does not sit every day of the month“.
Chang has made herself a laughingstock with such a silly reply.
What about Tan’s highest-paid part-time Speaker role which has already been supplemented by $192,500 annually from his part-time MP role?
If Tan is really eat finish too free, many Singaporeans feel that he could have used his time to serve constituents instead of moonlighting for the additional income which he clearly doesn’t need.
Or perhaps it’s a case of always Money No Enough with men in white?