Are PAP Ministers Cocky?
Do you know what’s the difference between a Singapore Minister and a Malaysian one apart from pay which the whole world knows the former beats the latter hands down?
The stark difference is how they each reach out to the ordinary man in the street.
In Singapore our Ministers put on airs, are unapproachable and frequently surrounded with security people so thick that even a cat will have difficulty squirming through. Any attempt to get near a minister will be met with rebuff and rude gestures to get lost as if you pose a grave security threat.
It happened to me on one occasion. Walking past Parliament House one day, I stopped to take some snapshots. A cop rudely shooed me away as though I was a vagabond. Apparently Parliament was in session.
But in Malaysia I could get within two to three metres of a minister, and even take photos of the occasion. The policemen and security won’t even bat an eyelid. Do that here in Singapore and you’d probably be rudely bundled away and questioned.
I have observed how Malaysian ministers and the rakyat (the public) have that kind of easy relationship. There’s none of that Keep Away From Me impression that our ministers here project.
Whenever I walk past Parliament House these days, I look at it with contempt.
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