Abdullah Ahmad Bodowi was so disappointed with his cabinet for being inefficient and corrupt that he decided to call on Lee Hsien Loong and ask him how he managed to have such an efficient and uncorruptable cabinet in Singapore.
On hearing Bodowi's woes, PM Lee said, 'Simple, Bodowi, I choose able men for my cabinet. '
Bodowi asked, 'Yes, but how do you know that they are able?' PM Lee replied, Just ask them simple questions to test their intelligence. They don't need to be too difficult. Let me illustrate to you.'
Just then, DPM Jayakumar was walking by, PM Lee called out to him, 'Hey Jaya, come over here.'
Jayakumar obediently walked briskly over. PM Lee asked, 'Tell me, Jaya, who is your father's son ?' Jayakumar immediately replied, 'Me! Of course.'
PM Lee turned to Bodowi and said, 'See, all my ministers can answer this question. Why don't you go back and try.'
Bodowi thanked PM Lee and left. Once he was back, he immediately summoned Syed Hamid, his home minister, and shot the question at him, 'Tell me, Hamid, who is your father's son ?'
Syed Hamid was shocked beyond words and did not know the answer. After a while, he recovered and said, 'Boss, let me find out and I'll tell you tomorrow.'
Bodowi, a bit disappointed, agreed, hoping that Syed Hamid will give a good answer tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Syed Hamid was panicking that his boss was testing him. He tried desperately to find out the answer from his staff, but none of them knew the answer.
The next morning, he decided to call Zaid Ibrahim for help. Zaid must know the answer.
When Zaid picked up the phone, Syed Hamid said, 'Hello, Zaid, can I ask you a question?' Zaid, very busy, replied, 'Alright, but it better be good!'
Syed Hamid quickly asked, Tell me, who is your father's son ?' Zaid was fuming, 'Of course its me, you stupid!' and he slammed the phone down.
Satisfied that he got the answer, he confidently walked into Bodowi's office and said, 'Boss, I've got the answer to your question.'
Bodowi, happy that his minister wasn't that dumb, said, 'So tell me quick, who is your father's son, Hamid?'
Syed Hamid confidently replied, 'It's ZAID!'
Bodowi slapped his own forehead in disgust and said, No you stupid! It's JAYAKUMAR!'