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  • SevenEleven's Avatar
    7,456 posts since Aug '05


    • ST 3 Feb 2007

      This is the call from SM Goh Chok Tong. If you are wealthy, donate at least 0.5% off your annual income to help the needy.

      Mr Goh made it yesterday, saying he hoped Singapore will one day become country known for philanthropy......

  • mhcampboy's Avatar
    23,405 posts since Feb '06
  • robertteh's Avatar
    4,307 posts since Jul '04
    • Originally posted by SevenEleven:

      Li Ka Shing did it after Warren Buffet and Bill Gate. Sim Wong Hoo did it. All these people earn their own monies from the market place from entrepreneurship and abilities.

      The ministers who are taking monies from the citizens by going to the parliament to pass any laws they want to increase their own salaries and pay exceptionally any amounts of bonuses they want and create their own lifelong annuities not to mention director fees etc should actually be the first ones to donate the excesses to the deprived and needy who could not survive in our tax-and-recover system.

  • SevenEleven's Avatar
    7,456 posts since Aug '05
    • ST 2 Feb 2007

      SETTING A BENCHMARK

      If ministers will do it and set the standards, the everyone will follow. I have been donating more than 1% of my annual income to charity for the past 20 years.
      The way we do it is to donate not just money, but also time, so eventually, we can raise even more for the chariy

      Mrs Jannie Tay, 61
      vice-chairman of the luxury watch retailer
      The Hour Glass and
      President of the Singapore Retailer Association

  • RaTtY8l's Avatar
    2,694 posts since May '06
  • ditzy's Avatar
    67,479 posts since Dec '03
  • eyebuzz's Avatar
    278 posts since Jun '05
    • Originally posted by RaTtY8l:
      mayb the ministers should lead by examples?

      they did, they did... Laughing with people's money pegged (they get pensions too) to the top earners from the private/professionals... to remain incorruptible, that's doing Singapore a favour, don't u agree? they are paid for their brains to tax people to help the poorer, yah? and that's already 'donating' their capabilities, in case u don't know this already... Laughing we must be grateful n thankful..... Laughing

  • the Bear's Avatar
    149,790 posts since Feb '01
  • fudgester's Avatar
    25,382 posts since Jan '04
    • Originally posted by RaTtY8l:
      mayb the ministers should lead by examples?

      Of course they will.

      But then again, their salaries will be rising as well.

      So it all works out. Laughing

  • browniebaobao's Avatar
    28,419 posts since Mar '03
    • Originally posted by the Bear:
      so.. people earning a million should give 5k to needy?

      wat is 5k to a millionaire?

      Peanuts!

      why not start with Mrs Goh? Laughing

      Edited by browniebaobao 03 Feb `07, 11:59AM
  • av98m's Avatar
    43,014 posts since Oct '03
    • Originally posted by the Bear:
      so.. people earning a million should give 5k to needy?

      given how cheap and selfish most of these jokers are, that'd already be a huge improvement Laughing

  • eyebuzz's Avatar
    278 posts since Jun '05
    • Originally posted by browniebaobao:
      wat is 5k to a millionaire?

      Peanuts!

      why not start with Mrs Goh? Laughing

      Excuse me, did u mean Ms Peanut is donating peanuts only? Mr. Green

  • Lowclassman's Avatar
    1,450 posts since Jan '05
    • Ministers are earning multi-millionssssssssssssssssssssssssss annually. Why are our ministers soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo stingy? Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green

  • NewAge's Avatar
    2,290 posts since Jan '06
  • the Bear's Avatar
    149,790 posts since Feb '01
    • do you even know if they are or are not donating at all to the needy?

      or is your hatred blinding you as always?

      Originally posted by Lowclassman:
      Ministers are earning multi-millionssssssssssssssssssssssssss annually. Why are our ministers soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo stingy? Mr. Green Mr. Green Mr. Green

  • eyebuzz's Avatar
    278 posts since Jun '05
    • Originally posted by the Bear:
      do you even know if they are or are not donating at all to the needy?

      or is your hatred blinding you as always?

      we know one thing for sure, they didn't say they will, have start(ed) doing it but already suggesting the others... mmm, familiar? Mr. Green

  • Lowclassman's Avatar
    1,450 posts since Jan '05
    • Originally posted by the Bear:
      do you even know if they are or are not donating at all to the needy?

      or is your hatred blinding you as always?

      If yes....so................? Mr. Green

  • Ito_^'s Avatar
    23,172 posts since Jul '04
  • the Bear's Avatar
    149,790 posts since Feb '01
    • then your words carry about as much weight as helium Wink

      Originally posted by Lowclassman:
      If yes....so................? Mr. Green
  • bangkokboy's Avatar
    707 posts since Aug '06
    • I do hope that even if the rich were to donate, it would be in good hands. I would not want a repeat of the NKF and Youth Challenge incident.

      Maybe they should consolidate all charities in different bodies to ensure greater governance instead of having scattered private charity organisations that people never even heard of.

  • Spirit of Fire's Avatar
    192 posts since Sep '05
    • PAP MPs, ministers and members please relay this message to the following personnel:

      President Nathan; MM Lee Kuan Yew; SM Goh Chok Tong; PM Lee & his important family members; all the other ministers & MPs; Chief of Army; Chief of Air Force; Chief of Navy, Chief of Defence Force; Division commanders; Brigade commanders; Battalion commanders; every single officers in the SAF; all the important appointment holders in the Singapore Police Force & the Singapore Civil Defence Force; since they're all leaders, they should lead by example, be the ones to take actions 1st & take the 1st step & start the ball rolling by giving 5% of their salary to the needy.

      Thank you.

  • CoolMyth's Avatar
    15,767 posts since Oct '04
    • More like capping donations to $5,000. Since their definition of the rich is $1 million annually. Laughing Our SM Goh after all just donated $5,000. Leading by example. Laughing

  • (human)'s Avatar
    1,134 posts since Jun '06
  • Ito_^'s Avatar
    23,172 posts since Jul '04
    • Originally posted by Spirit of Fire:
      PAP MPs, ministers and members please relay this message to the following personnel:

      President Nathan; MM Lee Kuan Yew; SM Goh Chok Tong; PM Lee & his important family members; all the other ministers & MPs; Chief of Army; Chief of Air Force; Chief of Navy, Chief of Defence Force; Division commanders; Brigade commanders; Battalion commanders; every single officers in the SAF; all the important appointment holders in the Singapore Police Force & the Singapore Civil Defence Force; since they're all leaders, they should lead by example, be the ones to take actions 1st & take the 1st step & start the ball rolling by giving 5% of their salary to the needy.

      Thank you.

      sorry, they say 0.5%, not 5%. Laughing

  • ShutterBug's Avatar
    6,078 posts since Feb '04
    • Originally posted by robertteh:
      Li Ka Shing did it after Warren Buffet and Bill Gate. Sim Wong Hoo did it. All these people earn their own monies from the market place from entrepreneurship and abilities.

      The ministers who are taking monies from the citizens by going to the parliament to pass any laws they want to increase their own salaries and pay exceptionally any amounts of bonuses they want and create their own lifelong annuities not to mention director fees etc should actually be the first ones to donate the excesses to the deprived and needy who could not survive in our tax-and-recover system.

      Precisely my opinion too; they preached so much, but hardly WALKED any of their TALKS!

      All I know are all their Half-Assed schemes in healthcare and housing...

      I think they should just STFU altogether... Mad

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