PAP elites have always been hypocrites, preferring ordinary citizens to walk their talk while ministers only do the talking.
The most recent instance of such hypocrisy – Education Minister Ng Chee Meng urging students ‘to dare to chiong’.
However, the former paper general is a product of a kiasu plus kiasi education system and has earned millions in tax dollars since 1987. Ng has been playing it very safe and has not worked a single day in his life in the private sector: he clearly does not know the meaning of ‘chiong’.
If Ng had retired from the military without direct assistance from PAP, he would have been able to command only a fraction of his last-drawn salary in the private sector. This is the reason why no general has ever ventured into the privat sector after retirement: all are afraid to chiong.
Singaporeans should bear in mind that the children of PAP elites are not going to heed Ng’s advice and will stick to the same chiong-less model which brought their parents obscene tax dollar wealth.
PAP elites are also more than willing to fork out up to $100/hour tuition lessons to ensure their children follow the same no-need-to-chiong path to material success.
When the top management of PAP’s education system are cut from the same cloth as Ng, it’s going to take a miracle to produce students who dare to chiong.
Minister Ng should lead by example and chiong into the private sector before GE 2020. Otherwise, all talk is cheap.