Also seen in TODAY's piece on it, "Ill-timed article cooks up a storm", an MP also said:
Agreeing that the rebuke in Parliament was “harsh”, MP Charles Chong noted that in the article, Mr Tan did not “brag” about how expensive the trip was. “Maybe it made lesser mortals envious and they thought maybe he was a little bit boastful,” he said. “Would people have taken offence if his wife (a senior investment counsellor at a bank) had paid for everything?”
Ya lor, all you lesser mortals who complain the Perm Sec about his holiday, why liddat? When you reach superior mortal status, then you will have the right to comment about a highly paid public servant devoting several pages writing about his expensive family holiday, in a mainstream newspaper, during a recession, ok?
Lesser mortals are so annoying sometimes hor?