The natives of Sin should stand up to applaud Prof Tommy Koh for his vocal support to the lonely voice of Prof Lim Chong Yah in his call for narrowing the income gap and inequality in our society. And thank the ST for publishing his view on this. One or two individuals, no matter how distinguished, could not make any ground against a pack of hyenas. There is an urgent need for the intellectuals with a conscience to stand together to make the voice heard.
In his article in the ST today, Tommy Koh was hitting hard by quoting British PM David Cameroon’s comment about incestuous relationship in high places, ‘I scratch your back, you scratch mine’ in the UK. Among the pseudo elite who are there to protect each other’s interest and pocket, there is a race to pay one another as much as they could. This kind of self gratification or in colloquial terminology, ‘pah chiu cheng’ is getting so serious and prevalent that it has become a norm. The elite thought nothing of it, that it is their right of passage to richness and instant gratification.
The pseudo elite are not blind or stupid. They knew exactly what they were doing, selective objectivity. Tommy Koh quoted the choice of using the flawed American model to pay themselves crazy instead of the more conservative Japanese model when the loot is much smaller. It is so glaring that the American model is running down the American and the world economy, but the pseudo elite are turning a blind eye to the dire consequences awaiting. They refuse to acknowledge or discuss the flaws of the system as long as they can continue to ‘pah chiu cheng’ and have a good time at the expense of the other extreme end of the social economic spectrum.
Tommy ended his article by saying, ‘In conclusion, I wish to thank Prof Lim for being our moral conscience. He has reminded us that our mission is to achieve growth with equity. Our mission is to build a fair and prosperous Singapore. What we have achieved so far is a prosperous but unfair society. Prof Lim has warned us that we have deviated from our original path and that we are dangerously close to a point when our inequality could adversely affect our cohesion and harmony.’
Thank you Tommy. To those elite with a conscience, Tommy added, ‘those at the top, should, however, reflect deeply on Prof Lim’s proposal and on their responsibility to society.’
Unfortunately many are busily trapped in the act of ‘pah chiu cheng’ and have no time to reflect and simply shoot off their hips at the proposal of Lim Chong Yah, without taking their attention off their act of self gratification for a moment. Just wait for the hyenas screaming in chorus to attack Tommy this time.