18 Jan '12, 9pm

PAP MPs question WP MPs' motives

SINGAPORE - Despite assertions by the PAP Members of Parliament that there was much common ground between the Workers' Party's alternative proposals and the review committee's recommendations, the WP MPs yesterday stood their ground in stating what they felt were fundamental differences. Amid accusations by the PAP MPs that they were playing political games, the WP MPs also stressed that they did not deliberately withhold any suggestions from the review committee. Aljunied GRC MP Pritam Singh pointed out that while the two approaches would arrive at a similar figure for ministers' base salary, "it's the principles behind the numbers that matter". The essence of WP's proposals, he said, "was precisely formed to ... remove the overbearing odour of elitism from political office". Mr Singh also reiterated his party's stand against the maximum 13.5-month bonus proposed under th...

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