17 Jan '12, 3am

Ministerial pay cut debate: Serving is a privilege, not a sacrifice, says Chen Show Mao

Ministerial pay cut debate: Serving is a privilege, not a sacrifice, says Chen Show Mao

Aljunied GRC MP Chen Show Mao -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM TV 'If the new benchmark is accepted by the Government, it would continue to send the message, to potential political office-holders and the people of Singapore alike, that top pay is the benchmark by which the importance of the office is to be judged, and that the value of political office can, in the final analysis, be monetised. It cannot be. Not even at the highest income levels. Political service is a calling; it is a privilege accorded by the electorate to serve the largest number of our fellow Singaporeans. It is primarily a privilege, not primarily a burden or sacrifice... We must remember that in our system of government, ministers are first of all MPs elected by the people as their representatives. Not (first) selected by the Prime Minister from the private sector into the Cabinet, and then also MPs. Parliam...

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