It’s not every day you see an internet meme spring out of boring, unartistic Singapore. In case you’ve been away from cyberspace for too long, get up to speed by first reading TODAYonline’s “Ministers’ pay-cut formula unveiled” and Yahoo’s “Singapore cuts PM pay but still world’s best paid”, then Member of Parliament Grace Fu’s Facebook response and finally New Nation’s coverage of Singapore’s most recent internet meme.
I reproduce Grace Fu’s original response:
When I made the decision to join politics in 2006, pay was not a key factor. Loss of privacy, public scrutiny on myself and my family and loss of personal time were. The disruption to my career was also an important consideration. I had some ground to believe that my family would not suffer a drastic change in the standard of living even though I experienced a drop in my income. So it is with this recent pay cut. If the balance is tilted further in the future, it will make it harder for any one considering political office.
When I made the decision to be a bond breaker, pay was not a key factor. Opportunity cost, loss of my inner mojo and unrelenting public scrutiny on the bureaucracy’s incompetence and risk aversion were. The disruption to my race up the economic ladder versus my peers was also an important consideration. I had some grounds to believe that I would not suffer a drastic loss of belief in Singapore’s socially engineered society even though I was popping the red pill and slamming my fist on the eject button. So it is with this recent pay cut. If the balance is tilted further in the future, it will make it harder for any cool kids to consider government scholarships as the one and only way to finance their formal education.
As always, Mr Brown does a great job tickling our sides with his post titled “Grace FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU”. Here’s my favorite part of his post.
Foot, meet mouth.
I think sometimes, the most gracious way to respond to a hot topic like a ministerial pay cut is not say anything at all, lest you make people say Grace FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!
I thought MP Grace Fu should have simply omitted her last sentence.