27 Jan '12, 1am

Does money really buy clean government?: Voices

I REFER to the commentary "Why Singapore has the cleanest government money can buy" (Jan 26), whose opening thrust is that "paying top salaries to leaders and ministers ... can make government more efficient and economies more vibrant". This is not inherently incredible or unreasonable; the problem is that the rest of the article fails to substantiate it. The Bloomberg editorial attempted to support the claim by first highlighting that Transparency International rankings and Worldwide Governance Indicators rate Singapore as highly non-corrupt and well-governed. Notwithstanding that this could be cherry-picking, a check reveals that the other nations ranked around Singapore in the two reports pay their Prime Ministers and ministers a fraction of what we pay ours even after the recent pay cuts. Using the same examples, it is clear that there is a lack of correlation, much le...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC120127-0000028/Does-...

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