11 Jan '12, 3am

Ministerial pay cuts: Unrealistic to compare Singapore with others, says one of our readers

Arguments that the salaries of our ministers ought to be pegged to those of political leaders from other developed countries are naive and simplistic, as they fail to consider the generous perks and benefits these politicians enjoy and a slew of other factors ('Ministers' starting pay cut to less than $1 million'; last Thursday). For example, the pool of top talent is much deeper in the United States compared to Singapore. But it is well known that the bulk of US talent resides in the private sector. It is the opposite here. Most Singaporeans look to the Government to provide quality public services from housing to health care. In return, the civil service and the Government seek to attract and retain the best brains with competitive wages to serve the country. Above all, those who argue that aspiring to political leadership is primarily about making a personal and altruis...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/The-Big-Story/The-Big-Story-1...

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