Let me ask the tabloids and the Straits Times, would they be doing this if it was a PAP MP or PAP Minister involved?
Way back in the fifties and the sixties, when the population was less than 1 million, Singapore had no problem with educated people and professionals coming forward to serve in public office. At that time, pay was not a consideration. Passion was.
It is so important to recognize and understand the very big
difference between a welfare state and a co-operative society. In a
welfare state the focus is on helping the needy. However, in a
co-operative society, the focus is on helping one another in times of
If the recent debate on the report of the committee to review ministers’ salaries is anything to go by, it would appear that people who are who are willing to do something for the sake of the country without being offered a substantial quantum of return hardly exist nowadays.
The salary revision may look substantial on paper, but in actual fact they merely decrease ministerial salaries to what they were in 2007.
Although not mentioned by the Committee for obvious reasons, the primary purpose of the ministerial pay cuts is to win back political capital after many years of consistent and increasingly strong political backlash.