19 Jan '12, 1am

'Don't underpay our ministers', says Lee Kuan Yew

'Don't underpay our ministers', says Lee Kuan Yew

In a letter to the media, former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew writes that Singapore cannot argue that ministers' sole reward should be their contribution to the public good. -- PHOTO: REUTERS Mr Lee Kuan Yew, who is currently in Paris to attend Total's advisory council meeting, sent a letter to the media last night giving his views on the recommendations of the ministerial pay review committee: 'I listened to several of the speeches in Parliament on ministerial salaries and read the rest in the newspapers. With a different generation, political attitudes change. But for Singapore, the basic challenge remains unchanged: That unless we have a steady stream of high-quality men and women to serve as PM and ministers, Singapore as a little red dot will become a little black spot. 'I was Prime Minister from 1959 to 1990 and Senior Minister in PM Goh Chok Tong's Cabinet from 1990 ...

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