18 Jan '12, 10am

13.5 months bonus for minister is not a "clean" salary: WP

13.5 months bonus for minister is not a "clean" salary: WP

SINGAPORE: Opposition MP Pritam Singh rebutted suggestions on Wednesday in Parliament that the Workers' Party's salary proposals are similar to those of the review committee. He said the difference lies in the principle and pegging political salaries to those of the civil service will mean that the average Singaporean can have political aspirations. The MP for Aljunied GRC said: "It is the Workers' Party contention that when you remove the connection to elitism, you take the emotive element out of the debate. In retaining the unmistakable connection to the top 1,000, and to the administrative service, respectfully, the committee has missed an opportunity to fundamentally address the emotive reaction of Singaporeans to political salaries." Mr Singh said a bonus of 13.5 months for a minister is not a "clean" salary, unlike his party's idea of a bonus of five months. But MP f...

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