18 Jan '12, 2pm

Lee Kuan Yew defends competitive ministerial salaries

Lee Kuan Yew defends competitive ministerial salaries

SINGAPORE: Singapore's former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has defended the need for a competitive ministerial pay to attract committed and capable people who will serve the country. In a letter sent to the media on Wednesday after a parliamentary debate on political pay, Mr Lee, who had fought strongly for competitive political pay when he was in the Cabinet, noted how with a different generation, political attitudes change. But he said unless Singapore has a steady stream of people to serve as ministers, Singapore as a little red dot will become a little black spot. He pointed out that Singapore did not get from Third World to First by "head-hunting ministers willing to sacrifice their children's future when undertaking a public service duty." He said the leadership took a "pragmatic course that does not require people of calibre to give up too much for the public good."...

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