18 Jan '12, 2am

This person puts it forward better than I will

THE ministerial salary review is never going to please everyone. Once Singaporeans accept that, we can move on from the different reactions it has evoked 'Passion alone not enough to run country well: DPM'; yesterday). Opposition politicians say the salary deductions are insufficient on the premise that politics is a calling and money should not be a motivation ('Serving is a privilege, not a sacrifice'; yesterday). Their argument takes a moral high ground that the People's Action Party (PAP) will find hard to counter, because it basically asks: 'Are you worth the money?' As our ministers are among the best-paid in the world, who can reply 'yes' without sounding greedy? Facing this subjective moral debate, the PAP is in unfamiliar territory - the lower end of an unlevel playing field. Nobody likes a pay cut. Barring a dramatic and unlikely further slash that will demoralis...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_756792...

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