06 Mar '11, 1am

[TR] Budget gives more than required – Ministers’ Pay?

In March 2007 while the Budget was debated, I wrote to TODAY regarding benchmarking of top civil servants and Ministers’ salaries. That was several months after the 2006 Election and then our Govt increased the pay of top civil servants and Ministers. Specifically in the conclusion of my letter , I wrote :- “Perhaps, a new benchmark should have another factor linked to how much the average Singaporeans’ real income and quality of living has improved. Thus, if the life of the average Singaporean improves, so will the pay of ministers and top Government servants.” On Monday (28 February 2011), Opposition leader Low Thia Khiang also referred to the salaries of political leaders during the Budget Debate. Mr Low noted a 30-per-cent increase in FY2010 in the estimated salary for political appointments. “Unfortunately, the incomes of Singaporeans do not grow 30 per cent just like...

Full article: http://www.temasekreview.com/2011/03/06/budget-gives-more...

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