Friday, March 24, 2006

Comic Relief Part II

Lydia Lim, Senior Political Correspondent of the Straits Times wrote: "I think its pointless to vote for an opposition candidate who clearly lacks the ability to scrutinise and critique policies in an intelligent way."

Perhaps she hasn't been covering speeches from the ruling party's policy makers.

"Only 5% are unemployed. We still have 95% who are employed."- Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong.

"Singaporean workers have become more expensive than those in the USA and Australia."- Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan.

"Retrenchment is good for singapore. If there is no retrenchments, then I worry."- Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.

“People support CPF cuts because there are no protest outside parliament."- Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

"We started off with (the name) and after looking at everything, the name that really tugged at the heartstrings was in front of us. The name itself is not new, but what has been used informally so far has endeared itself to all parties."- National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan on the $400,000 exercise to rename Marina Bay as Marina Bay.

"...I regret making the decision because, in the end, the baby continued to be in intensive care, and KKH now runs up a total bill of more than $300,000..."- Health Minister Lim Hng Kiang, regretting the decision to save a baby's life because Kandang Kerbau Hospital ran up a $300,000 bill.

"Save on one hairdo and use the money for breast screening."- another gem from Lim Hng Kiang

"We are not considering a casino but an IR- an integrated resort. IRs are quite different."- Communications Minister George Yeo.

"Contrary to public perception, the White Horse classification is not to ensure that sons of influential men gets preferential treatment. Instead it is to ensure that they do not get preferential treatment."- Member of Parliament Cedric Foo.

"If we want to be a world-class city, if we want to be a nation that has got very good standards of public hygiene and cleanliness, the best place to start with is the public toilet."- Member of Parliament Amy Khor.

"If you don't include your women graduates in your breeding pool and leave them on the shelf, you would end up a more stupid society...So what happens? There will be less bright people to support dumb people in the next generation. That's a problem."- Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew in 1983.