16 Jan '12, 11am

Political office should be a calling and a privilege: Chen Show Mao

SINGAPORE: Opposition MP Chen Show Mao said political office should be a calling and a privilege, not a burden or a sacrifice. Speaking in Parliament on Monday, he said while the Ministerial Salary Review Committee's recommendations were a step in the right direction, the Workers' Party had its own proposals on how ministerial salary should be worked out. The opposition party is proposing that MPs receive a monthly allowance of S$11,000, the estimated salary of a senior executive in the civil service. It proposes that a minister's salary be pegged as multiples of this allowance - five times for an entry-level minister and nine times for the Prime Minister. The ministerial salary should range from S$55,000 per month for entry-grade ministers to S$99,000 per month for the Prime Minister, says the Workers' Party. Mr Chen said: "We must remember that in our system of governmen...

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