Real reason why nobody wants to be ‘Minister’, not even for $1m?


Nobody wants to be Minister because if you are rich and successful – what for take job that kenna sai everyday from the people lah!

I refer to  Hwang Jin Pyng’s article “The hidden agenda in GCT’s FaceBook postings” (theonlinecitizen, Aug 11).

It states that “Speaking of friendship, Goh is known to be close to former Ayer Rajah SMC Member of Parliament Tan Cheng Bock. Yet, following Tan’s declaration in 2016 that he would contest the 2017 Presidential Election, Goh told the media: “In the past, we would have spoken to one another. But after the last presidential election, he was and will be on his own.”

What did he mean by that? Was it a case of Tan Cheng Bock defying party orders and proceeded to contest the 2011 Presidential Election? That cannot be – at least not officially as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong never openly endorsed any of the four candidates in the 2011 race. So what did Goh mean? Was it a case of him telling Tan not to run as he (Goh) supported Dr Tony Tan – only for Tan Cheng Bock to defy him? Why is there a need to publicly make a statement that suggested Tan Cheng Bock is “on his own” after the 2011 Presidential Election?

Goh should be aware that raising the issue of ministerial pay at a time when we are probably less than 2 years away from the General Election is foolish from the strategic viewpoint. As much as most of us disagree with the self-professed claim that we need to pay top dollars to attract top talent (just look at how many in the current Parliament are that top class!), it is an issue we have already “accepted” as this government will never make a U-turn on this policy. The upcoming hike in GST and declining value of HDB flats reaching the end of the 99-year lease are key issues which have already created much ripples and unhappiness among voters.”

My friends said “aiyah, this one is no brainer lah – crystal clear as water – so many people talking in coffee shop and already know – but 151st shit times dare not say only lah!

Ha, simi so obvious leh?

Last time, when you Minister – wa everybody respect you, everywhere you go – people cheer you hor!

Nowadays, people laugh at you, say you gian lui lah! No brain lah! Everyday talk rubbish! Go Parliament never talk what the people ask one! Ownself check ownself!

Aiyah, common sense lah! If you are rich and successful – last time its honour and priviledge to serve your country – now, what for lah – kenna laugh, scold by people – even your own friends and family laugh at you hor!

This one call pay too much get monkeys lah!

Remember last time our friend die – from very rich and famous family one – all the vip, tokong people, who’s who come to wake

When one Minister come – all pretend no eyes see, no hew lah! All scared will be called balls carrier lah! Last time, when Minister come – a lot of people will greet and sakar one!

Then, when NMP come (Nuisance Member of the Public) – always make fun of cheng hu one – wa lau like celebrity all rush to shake hands, blah blah blah!

You must be stupid not to know why nobody wants to be work as Minister lah! Already got money and got success – what for kenna sai want to be Minister right?

Times have changed lah!

Come let’s sing together – the times they are a changing – the Bob Dylan Nobel Prize one!”

Leong Sze Hian

About the Author

Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.