12 Apr '11, 12am

ST Blogs: 'Six degrees of ministerial pay?' by Susan Long #SGelections

THE upcoming General Election is possibly one of the most consequential in Singapore's history. Not only because Singaporeans will choose their fourth generation of leaders - as People's Action Party ministers have framed the event - but because it may usher in a transition to greater political contestation and pluralism. But cynics see PAP's allowing more competition as a tactical calculation, even a necessary concession, because some parts of the ground - especially the online community - are turning out to be quite sour. A scroll through local online socio-political blogs these days throws up not just the perennial grouses over rising costs, foreign worker policies and congestion, but a disconcertingly malevolent streak that has caught many political watchers off-guard. Sure, in past elections, the issue of high ministerial salaries has predictably surfaced. But most pe...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/GeneralElection/Blogs/Story/S...

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