04 Dec '11, 9pm

(TODAY) More ideas on ministerial pay

SINGAPORE - Ministerial salaries should not be pegged to the profit-seeking private sector, former presidential hopeful Tan Jee Say said yesterday. Speaking at a National Solidarity Party (NSP) conference on remuneration for political leaders, Mr Tan said: "A minister looks at broader welfare of people, not just profits. GDP (Gross Domestic Product) goes up, but what about the people?" Mr Tan was a panellist at the conference, which also featured Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) member James Gomez. Last Wednesday, the SDP released a 14-page paper in which it set out five recommendations: To peg ministerial and presidential pay to the allowances of members of Parliament, to establish an independent salary commission and anti-corruption board, to discontinue variable bonuses and to provide allowances for ministers. Mr Tan, who contested in the May General Election under the ...

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