24 May '11, 12am

Mediocre ministerial salaries will not attract top talent into government, says our reader. Agree?

I URGE the committee reviewing ministerial salaries to consider the negative consequences of not pegging ministers' pay to top incomes. Having mediocre ministerial salaries will blunt our aim of attracting top talent into government. No matter how much is said that politics is about serving Singapore, attractive wages remain a motivational factor for high-fliers in different sectors to enter public service. We will be 'penny wise, pound foolish' to believe we will have a larger national budget by cutting ministerial salaries. In the longer term, high-quality ministers will retire earlier and we will see frequent changes in the Cabinet. In fact, having the right minister with superior policies will grow our national budget much more than the amount we reward him. Singapore has a unique formula for attracting top brains from each sector. This has enabled it to gather good mi...

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