“If they have no bread, then let them eat cake!”
– Maria Theresa of Spain (in French: Marie Thérèse) (September 10, 1638 – July 30, 1683), queen consort of France as wife of Louis XIV of France, during a bread shortage.
“For a person who runs a big million-dollar charitable organisation, with a few hundred million in reserves, $600,000 a year is peanuts.”
– Ms Tan Choo Leng (Mrs Goh Chok Tong), 13 July 2005, when asked if, during a economy downturn where university graduates couldn’t find jobs and retrenchment exercises are no longer big news they once were anymore, a paycheck of $600,000-a-year with a very generous set of perks is excessive. i wonder what is the difference between a million-dollar charitable organisation and a million-dollar cut-throat corporation. and where did the fertilizers for the peanuts come from?
She asked: ‘What’s SPH to gain out of this?’
‘NKF is doing a very good job helping the sick.
‘Who benefits (from this lawsuit)? What’s the purpose of it?’
– source: newpaper.asiaone.com.sg, 14 July 2005.
my take: what’s SPH to gain out of this?
-> well, they are a newspaper. they write a commentary. they got sued. they are passive in the whole issue. who is the one to take the intiative to blithely send out lawyer’s letters? perhaps their blow-by-blow reporting style was less than gentlemanly. but neither was TT Durai’s paycheck and actions packed with integrity.
NKF is doing a very good job helping the sick.
-> yes, NKF might have done some good in helping the sick. but they are doing a much much better job of showcasing wat a good job they had done out of helping the sick. there are other silent heros in other causes. humans have more than just a pair of kidneys.
Who benefits (from this lawsuit)?
-> the public. they now know very clearly where their money is going to.
What’s the purpose of it?
-> to ensure that money goes to where they are supposed to go to. not $990 taps. not a fleet of fancy cars when ambulances and car rentals are more cost effective. not bandit CEOs.
“Please don’t stop donating. Just think of me and donate.”
– Miss Rahamah Shariff, NKF patient, 13 July 2005, when told that people were cancelling their donations. Miss Shariff, i did think of you. but i was also reminded of a multi-million reserves sitting in the bank, under-untilised. you had reserves to fall back on. there are other charities i could donate to who are in the RED. they operate in a more cost effective environment than NKF but they are in the red whereas you had RESERVES. time to stop being whiny coz you are a kidney patient. there are other unfortunate people who needs my donation.