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Ministerial salaries: Social compact or commercial contract? | SingaporeScene - Yahoo! News <-- Good arguments.

Ministerial salaries: Social compact or commercial contract? | SingaporeScene - Yahoo! News <-- Good arguments.

Ministerial salaries: Social compact or commercial contract? By P N Balji In setting up a committee to review the highly-controversial ministerial salaries , Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has a golden opportunity to take the PAP government back to its roots. His government's traditions go back to a social compact established between the ruler and the ruled since it came to power in 1959. It missed that plot as it charged into the 1980s and 1990s, and diluted that compact with its elitist form of governance and its single-minded charge into the big league. In 1994, that social compact began to move towards a commercial contract when Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Senior Minister then, made the deeply divisive move to come out with a formula that would peg ministers' pay to that of top private sector employees. He wanted to "remove the need to justify pay revisions every few years as adj...

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