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MM Lee should not stand for next election given his age and medical condition

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  • Kaye Poh
    1 Oct 2010 To: PM Lee/MM Lee I am writing to both of you (as Prime Minister and member of the cabinet/MP respectively) to seriously consider not fielding MM
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 30, 2010
      1 Oct 2010

      To: PM Lee/MM Lee

      I am writing to both of you (as Prime Minister and member of the cabinet/MP respectively) to seriously consider not fielding MM Lee for the coming General Elections for the following reasons:

      1. MM Lee is already 87 years old and he openly admits with each passing year, he is not the man he was a year ago (something to that effect, in his recent interview). Therefore, I can assume he meant mentally and physically, he is slower with each passing day/month/year.

      2. With his recent hospitalization, is he seriously ill? If so, he should gracefully volunteer not to stand for election as the MP in Tg Pagar GRC. Remember ex-President Ong Teng Cheong? The government ruled that because he was ill, he should not stand (not eligible?) for re-election as President with his diminished effectiveness/health.

      3. MM Lee readily admits his wife, Mrs Lee's illness has been draining much of his time and energy as he is primarily her main caregiver (so we are led to understand).

      4. As a resident in the GRC, I note that MM Lee has not been attending (or does not attend nowadays?) the Meet-The-People (MTP) sessions as the MP in the Tg Pagar GRC and this duty has been delegated to Dr Koo Tsai Kee. (Note: this happened before his recent hospitalization, so it is not due to the hospitalization. It might be due to time needed to care for his wife and/or his physical/mental condition or whatever the reason). If he cannot/does not have the time to meet/serve the needs of his constituents in his personal capacity, why should be offer himself as their MP/representative?

      To PM Lee: Therefore, I sincerely urge you as his superior to drop him as a candidate for the coming election. He can still remain an "Advisor" or "Mentor" to the cabinet, but not an absent MP.

      To MM Lee: I sincerely urge you to let another person have the chance to serve the constituency (if PAP wins the vote, whether contested or not) as the legitimate MP who serves and meets the people and not as an absent MP. I hope you are magnanimous enough to face the reality (and not in denial) that you no longer are the man you were, and step down gracefully so that another capable man/woman is able to serve the needs of the constituents. You need not be an MP or in the cabinet to be able to contribute.

      Rgds

    • Kaye Poh
      Longtime Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said on Thursday a drop-off in energy was behind his sudden decision to resign after 23 years with the NBA team..... You
      Message 2 of 4 , Feb 10, 2011
        "Longtime Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said on Thursday a drop-off in energy was behind 
        his sudden decision to resign after 23 years with the NBA team.....'You only have so much energy left and my energy level has dropped off quite a bit.'" - Feb 10, 2011
        http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/10/us-nba-jazz-sloan-resign-idUSTRE7198D220110210

        11 Feb 2011

        To: Council of Presidential Advisors/PM Lee Hsien Loong

        With both the Presidential and the General Elections coming up in the next few months,
        I would sincerely urge both the Council of Presidential Advisors and the ruling PAP party to select/shortlist to both the Office of the President and Ministers/senior Ministers qualified people who can give off 100% of their energy at all times, not anything less. 

        Since Singapore prides itself with top politicians and civil servants who are there purely on merit (ie the chosen ones are presumably able to contribute at their 100% best), the government should not have double standards in selecting candidates to these top positions who have diminished energy levels (ie not at their 100% best), like those in their 80s (or even 70s?) like MM Lee and President Nathan; the government should only shortlist and select those who can give their very best. We the citizens of Singapore expect 100% from our top politicians and civil servants given their outsized salaries, not anything less! 

        (Just as an aside, if our ministers and top civil servants are so truly talented and so sought after (hence the justification for top multi million dollar salaries), how many of them (those who can still give 100%) have actually been "poached" by top non-GLC companies after they had left politics/government?). I can hardly name one?

        Incumbents with such diminished energy levels should do what the honourable Jerry Sloan did: step down voluntarily when the time is up, as he and only he knows his "energy level has dropped off quite a bit".

        Rgds


        --- On Thu, 9/30/10, Kaye Poh <kayepoh@...> wrote:

        From: Kaye Poh <kayepoh@...>
        Subject: MM Lee should not stand for next election given his age and medical condition
        To: "Kuan Yew Lee" <lee_kuan_yew@...>, "Hsien Loong Lee" <lee_hsien_loong@...>
        Cc: reach@..., "Today" <news@...>, "Letters@ New Straits Times" <mailed@...>, "Thia Kiang Low" <ltk@...>, "See Tong Chiam" <chiamst@...>, "Sylvia Lim" <sylvia_sl_lim@...>, "NMP Siew Kum Hong" <siewkumhong@...>, "sg_review@yahoogroups.com" <sg_review@yahoogroups.com>, balji@..., admin@..., feedback@..., cnseah05@..., "Soon Juan CHEE Dr" <sdp2000@...>, jberthelsen@..., lneumann@..., "Robert HO" <ic019@...>, "Robert HO" <robert.ic019@...>, enquiries@..., temasekreview@..., speakup@..., kinlian@..., theonlinecitizen@...
        Date: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 7:54 PM

        1 Oct 2010

        To: PM Lee/MM Lee

        I am writing to both of you (as Prime Minister and member of the cabinet/MP respectively) to seriously consider not fielding MM Lee for the coming General Elections for the following reasons:

        1. MM Lee is already 87 years old and he openly admits with each passing year, he is not the man he was a year ago (something to that effect, in his recent interview). Therefore, I can assume he meant mentally and physically, he is slower with each passing day/month/year.

        2. With his recent hospitalization, is he seriously ill? If so, he should gracefully volunteer not to stand for election as the MP in Tg Pagar GRC. Remember ex-President Ong Teng Cheong? The government ruled that because he was ill, he should not stand (not eligible?) for re-election as President with his diminished effectiveness/health.

        3. MM Lee readily admits his wife, Mrs Lee's illness has been draining much of his time and energy as he is primarily her main caregiver (so we are led to understand).

        4. As a resident in the GRC, I note that MM Lee has not been attending (or does not attend nowadays?) the Meet-The-People (MTP) sessions as the MP in the Tg Pagar GRC and this duty has been delegated to Dr Koo Tsai Kee. (Note: this happened before his recent hospitalization, so it is not due to the hospitalization. It might be due to time needed to care for his wife and/or his physical/mental condition or whatever the reason). If he cannot/does not have the time to meet/serve the needs of his constituents in his personal capacity, why should be offer himself as their MP/representative?

        To PM Lee: Therefore, I sincerely urge you as his superior to drop him as a candidate for the coming election. He can still remain an "Advisor" or "Mentor" to the cabinet, but not an absent MP.

        To MM Lee: I sincerely urge you to let another person have the chance to serve the constituency (if PAP wins the vote, whether contested or not) as the legitimate MP who serves and meets the people and not as an absent MP. I hope you are magnanimous enough to face the reality (and not in denial) that you no longer are the man you were, and step down gracefully so that another capable man/woman is able to serve the needs of the constituents. You need not be an MP or in the cabinet to be able to contribute.

        Rgds



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      • Kaye Poh
        However, recent media reports have said that companies are cutting workers’ pay when they reach 60, not offering re-employment, etc.Also, the Retirement Age
        Message 3 of 4 , Feb 13, 2011

          "However, recent media reports have said that companies are cutting workers’ pay when they reach 60, not offering re-employment, etc.

          Also, the Retirement Age Act to be implemented in 2012 will allow employers to cut pay based on “reasonable factors” like the employee’s productivity, performance, duties and responsibilities." - Mr Leong Sze Hian, "Malaysia’s “balanced growth” better than Singapore’s “higher growth”? (Part 1)", link http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/02/malaysias-“balanced-growth”-better-than-singapores-“higher-growth”-part-1/

          14 Feb 2011

          Ironic, isn't it that while most ordinary citizens are either not offered re-employment or re-employed with salary cuts upon reaching 60 (due to factors like reduced productivity, lower performance levels as a result of aging), are our ministers and top civil servants instead given salary increases (as benchmarked), even at the very ripe old age of 80 plus?

          Rgds

          --- On Thu, 2/10/11, Kaye Poh <kayepoh@...> wrote:

          From: Kaye Poh <kayepoh@...>
          Subject: All top politicians (incl President, MM, SM, PM & Ministers) should perform at their 100% best, not anything less! - Re: MM Lee should not stand for next election given his age and medical condition
          To: "Hsien Loong Lee" <lee_hsien_loong@...>, istana_cpa@...
          Cc: "Kuan Yew Lee" <lee_kuan_yew@...>, reach@..., "Today" <news@...>, "Letters@ New Straits Times" <mailed@...>, "Thia Kiang Low" <ltk@...>, "See Tong Chiam" <chiamst@...>, "Sylvia Lim" <sylvia_sl_lim@...>, "NMP Siew Kum Hong" <siewkumhong@...>, "sg_review@yahoogroups.com" <sg_review@yahoogroups.com>, balji@..., admin@..., feedback@..., cnseah05@..., "Soon Juan CHEE Dr" <sdp2000@...>, jberthelsen@..., lneumann@..., "Robert HO" <ic019@...>, "Robert HO" <robert.ic019@...>, enquiries@..., temasekreview@..., speakup@..., kinlian@..., theonlinecitizen@...
          Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 10:36 PM

          "Longtime Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said on Thursday a drop-off in energy was behind 
          his sudden decision to resign after 23 years with the NBA team.....'You only have so much energy left and my energy level has dropped off quite a bit.'" - Feb 10, 2011
          http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/10/us-nba-jazz-sloan-resign-idUSTRE7198D220110210

          11 Feb 2011

          To: Council of Presidential Advisors/PM Lee Hsien Loong

          With both the Presidential and the General Elections coming up in the next few months,
          I would sincerely urge both the Council of Presidential Advisors and the ruling PAP party to select/shortlist to both the Office of the President and Ministers/senior Ministers qualified people who can give off 100% of their energy at all times, not anything less. 

          Since Singapore prides itself with top politicians and civil servants who are there purely on merit (ie the chosen ones are presumably able to contribute at their 100% best), the government should not have double standards in selecting candidates to these top positions who have diminished energy levels (ie not at their 100% best), like those in their 80s (or even 70s?) like MM Lee and President Nathan; the government should only shortlist and select those who can give their very best. We the citizens of Singapore expect 100% from our top politicians and civil servants given their outsized salaries, not anything less! 

          (Just as an aside, if our ministers and top civil servants are so truly talented and so sought after (hence the justification for top multi million dollar salaries), how many of them (those who can still give 100%) have actually been "poached" by top non-GLC companies after they had left politics/government?). I can hardly name one?

          Incumbents with such diminished energy levels should do what the honourable Jerry Sloan did: step down voluntarily when the time is up, as he and only he knows his "energy level has dropped off quite a bit".

          Rgds


          --- On Thu, 9/30/10, Kaye Poh <kayepoh@...> wrote:

          From: Kaye Poh <kayepoh@...>
          Subject: MM Lee should not stand for next election given his age and medical condition
          To: "Kuan Yew Lee" <lee_kuan_yew@...>, "Hsien Loong Lee" <lee_hsien_loong@...>
          Cc: reach@..., "Today" <news@...>, "Letters@ New Straits Times" <mailed@...>, "Thia Kiang Low" <ltk@...>, "See Tong Chiam" <chiamst@...>, "Sylvia Lim" <sylvia_sl_lim@...>, "NMP Siew Kum Hong" <siewkumhong@...>, "sg_review@yahoogroups.com" <sg_review@yahoogroups.com>, balji@..., admin@..., feedback@..., cnseah05@..., "Soon Juan CHEE Dr" <sdp2000@...>, jberthelsen@..., lneumann@..., "Robert HO" <ic019@...>, "Robert HO" <robert.ic019@...>, enquiries@..., temasekreview@..., speakup@..., kinlian@..., theonlinecitizen@...
          Date: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 7:54 PM

          1 Oct 2010

          To: PM Lee/MM Lee

          I am writing to both of you (as Prime Minister and member of the cabinet/MP respectively) to seriously consider not fielding MM Lee for the coming General Elections for the following reasons:

          1. MM Lee is already 87 years old and he openly admits with each passing year, he is not the man he was a year ago (something to that effect, in his recent interview). Therefore, I can assume he meant mentally and physically, he is slower with each passing day/month/year.

          2. With his recent hospitalization, is he seriously ill? If so, he should gracefully volunteer not to stand for election as the MP in Tg Pagar GRC. Remember ex-President Ong Teng Cheong? The government ruled that because he was ill, he should not stand (not eligible?) for re-election as President with his diminished effectiveness/health.

          3. MM Lee readily admits his wife, Mrs Lee's illness has been draining much of his time and energy as he is primarily her main caregiver (so we are led to understand).

          4. As a resident in the GRC, I note that MM Lee has not been attending (or does not attend nowadays?) the Meet-The-People (MTP) sessions as the MP in the Tg Pagar GRC and this duty has been delegated to Dr Koo Tsai Kee. (Note: this happened before his recent hospitalization, so it is not due to the hospitalization. It might be due to time needed to care for his wife and/or his physical/mental condition or whatever the reason). If he cannot/does not have the time to meet/serve the needs of his constituents in his personal capacity, why should be offer himself as their MP/representative?

          To PM Lee: Therefore, I sincerely urge you as his superior to drop him as a candidate for the coming election. He can still remain an "Advisor" or "Mentor" to the cabinet, but not an absent MP.

          To MM Lee: I sincerely urge you to let another person have the chance to serve the constituency (if PAP wins the vote, whether contested or not) as the legitimate MP who serves and meets the people and not as an absent MP. I hope you are magnanimous enough to face the reality (and not in denial) that you no longer are the man you were, and step down gracefully so that another capable man/woman is able to serve the needs of the constituents. You need not be an MP or in the cabinet to be able to contribute.

          Rgds



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        • Kaye Poh
          11 March 2011 To: LKYcc: PM Lee Now I know why the MP s job is so lucrative. For an average PAP MP, he or she probably spends an average of 4 hours per week
          Message 4 of 4 , Mar 10, 2011
            11 March 2011

            To: LKY
            cc: PM Lee

            Now I know why the MP's job is so lucrative.

            For an average PAP MP, he or she probably spends an average of 4 hours per week (or less) doing his/her part-time MP job (MTP, attend Parliament, etc). This is equivalent to 10% of a full-time job (assuming a 40-hour week). 

            (Note: There is no shortage of "free" volunteers to do the dirty work like letter-writing, research, etc...)

            So, for spending just 10% of time to get $225,000/year salary ("....bringing it to $225,000 per year.." , link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliament_of_Singapore ), this is equivalent to a $2,250,000/year job - even more than a minister's full-time salary! And to think that Singapore ministers' salaries are already the highest in the world, now our MPs are even better paid!

            On top of that, they are also entitled to the 8-month GDP bonus! (".... gross domestic product (GDP) bonus payable to civil servants was also extended to MPs to link their annual remuneration to the state of the economy.)

            So, can I safely assume our MPs are indeed the highest paid MPs in the world?

            Of course, for you, MM Lee, since you are practically an absent MP in Tg Pagar, can I assume you average an hour a week (vs the 4 hours of your PAP MPs), so your MP allowance is equivalent to a $9,000,000 a year job?

            Rgds

            --- On Thu, 9/30/10, Kaye Poh <kayepoh@...> wrote:

            From: Kaye Poh <kayepoh@...>
            Subject: MM Lee should not stand for next election given his age and medical condition
            To: "Kuan Yew Lee" <lee_kuan_yew@...>, "Hsien Loong Lee" <lee_hsien_loong@...>
            Cc: reach@..., "Today" <news@...>, "Letters@ New Straits Times" <mailed@...>, "Thia Kiang Low" <ltk@...>, "See Tong Chiam" <chiamst@...>, "Sylvia Lim" <sylvia_sl_lim@...>, "NMP Siew Kum Hong" <siewkumhong@...>, "sg_review@yahoogroups.com" <sg_review@yahoogroups.com>, balji@..., admin@..., feedback@..., cnseah05@..., "Soon Juan CHEE Dr" <sdp2000@...>, jberthelsen@..., lneumann@..., "Robert HO" <ic019@...>, "Robert HO" <robert.ic019@...>, enquiries@..., temasekreview@..., speakup@..., kinlian@..., theonlinecitizen@...
            Date: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 7:54 PM

            1 Oct 2010

            To: PM Lee/MM Lee

            I am writing to both of you (as Prime Minister and member of the cabinet/MP respectively) to seriously consider not fielding MM Lee for the coming General Elections for the following reasons:

            1. MM Lee is already 87 years old and he openly admits with each passing year, he is not the man he was a year ago (something to that effect, in his recent interview). Therefore, I can assume he meant mentally and physically, he is slower with each passing day/month/year.

            2. With his recent hospitalization, is he seriously ill? If so, he should gracefully volunteer not to stand for election as the MP in Tg Pagar GRC. Remember ex-President Ong Teng Cheong? The government ruled that because he was ill, he should not stand (not eligible?) for re-election as President with his diminished effectiveness/health.

            3. MM Lee readily admits his wife, Mrs Lee's illness has been draining much of his time and energy as he is primarily her main caregiver (so we are led to understand).

            4. As a resident in the GRC, I note that MM Lee has not been attending (or does not attend nowadays?) the Meet-The-People (MTP) sessions as the MP in the Tg Pagar GRC and this duty has been delegated to Dr Koo Tsai Kee. (Note: this happened before his recent hospitalization, so it is not due to the hospitalization. It might be due to time needed to care for his wife and/or his physical/mental condition or whatever the reason). If he cannot/does not have the time to meet/serve the needs of his constituents in his personal capacity, why should be offer himself as their MP/representative?

            To PM Lee: Therefore, I sincerely urge you as his superior to drop him as a candidate for the coming election. He can still remain an "Advisor" or "Mentor" to the cabinet, but not an absent MP.

            To MM Lee: I sincerely urge you to let another person have the chance to serve the constituency (if PAP wins the vote, whether contested or not) as the legitimate MP who serves and meets the people and not as an absent MP. I hope you are magnanimous enough to face the reality (and not in denial) that you no longer are the man you were, and step down gracefully so that another capable man/woman is able to serve the needs of the constituents. You need not be an MP or in the cabinet to be able to contribute.

            Rgds


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