Review Singapore ministerial pay : a PR exercise?
Many people are not impressed with the choice of Gerard Ee to chair the committee on a review of ministerial pay.
With due respect to Gerard Ee, he is seen as an establishment figure so he won’t be seen as independent. What we need is someone who is seen as truly independent not someone who shares the same bandwidth.
Argue it whichever way you like but Singapore ministerial pay is unjustified, and is widely seen as self-serving and a form of greed.
The argument that only sky-high pay can attract talent has been disproved in the recent General Election with the PAP’s lackluster slate of candidates. In fact, it was scraping the bottom of the barrel.
In countries like Hong Kong, elections are hotly contested even though the pay can’t match our ministerial pay.
The most satisfying thing about being a politician is the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of millions of people. And there are people who want to make that difference regardless of material rewards. Gandhi, Nelson Mandela are excellent examples.
A sky-high pay can be a double-edged sword for it’s hard to tell if a person is jumping onto the PAP bandwagon for the money or is it out of a sincere desire to serve.
Those who feel a need to be compensated for joining politics must be weeded out.
Just because Singapore coffers is overflowing with money, please don’t drum up excuses to legally help yourself to some of it. Even one cent is public money.
As a custodian of public money, you must be more responsible and transparent.
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