Ministerial salary should be further reduced, Singaporeans should say ‘no’ to maximum 12 months’ GDP and National bonuses

Before PAP lost a GRC in 2011, ministers and cronies were helping themselves to tax dollars as if the sky was the limit.

This can be confirmed by the two variable components, ie humongous Performance Bonus (up to 14 months) and GDP Bonus (up to 8 months).

PAP ministers did not hesitate to help themselves to getting as close to the maximum 22 months on these 2 bonuses alone.

After losing a GRC, the PAP-appointed salary review committee played with words (‘GDP’ to ‘National’, reduced by 2 months only) and reduce the maximum 22 months’ bonuses to … 12 months.

However, 12 months’ bonuses are almost unheard of even in the non-PAP private sector.

So, despite the drastic reduction, PAP ministers are still the highest-paid politicians in the world.

The problem with this sort of public sector remuneration is it attracts greedy and irresponsible characters who work for self benefit.  As a result, hospital beds are in short supply, the MRT system is in ICU, productivity growth is stagnant, personal attacks and intimidation become the norm in Parliament, etc.

And high pay also doesn’t prevent corruption.

Ministers and top civil servants should stop being hypocrites; a maximum of 12 months’ bonuses is a ripoff.

Hopefully, Singaporeans will beware of PAP’s insatiable greed and vote against being fleeced – again – at GE2020.

 

Phillip Ang

* The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.

 

 

 

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19 Responses to “Ministerial salary should be further reduced, Singaporeans should say ‘no’ to maximum 12 months’ GDP and National bonuses”

  • National woes:

    Insatiable greed eclipses the politician’s moral conscience and attenuates his sense of noblesse oblige.

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  • Straight "A"s Marlboro Tan:

    in 2020 , u will see PAP have 80% mandate as they have set minimum wages for new citizens

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  • Mainstreet Citizen:

    Such extravagance and obscene remuneration is not sustainable. In their own words, we should not squander the money which our ancestors painstakingly built up as well as those of the people. They shoukd not be paid such as having strike the Big Sweep every now and then.

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  • Bapak:

    My crystal ball tells the there is a revolution coming.

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  • Forever be damned:

    Poor Singaporean struggling and worries on daily survival and the Papi collecting $$$$$ 22 months Bonus $$$$$$$….

    How stupid? hahahahaha

    Greed!, Sold their soul to hide their conscience and do the devil’s whatever callings.

    Devil and his minions shall be punished by God.

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  • oxygen:

    WITH SUCH ASTRONOMICAL SALARIES, there is no incentive to take risks and innovate because the loss from failure is too big to consume of financial consequences to themselves.

    They just sail along close to the coast of safety and shore – the result is LEE-jiapore dying now.

    Kee Chiu already told us the 4G leaders in waiting will KEEP THE STATUS QUO to avoid “discontinuities” ignoring the realities that discontinuitites of external turbulence already engulfed our lives and our survival chances.

    MINISTERIAL PAY HAS TO DROP DRASTICALLY TO SAVE SINGAPORE – this is NOT envy politics but NATIONAL SURVIVAL POLITICS. Those who want big paycheck should stay or remain in industry or move out to industry. Hedge funds paid the best – but I wonder how many will survive even a few weeks in the real life tests outside.

    The recent vitriol laden debate on future GST show clearly how badly those highly motivated by pay are UNDERPERFORMING of their own little test – they are the ones who actually raised GST floating of the trial balloon inside Parly and SHUT IT DOWN too when confronted with realities inexplicable – caught with a foot in their own mouth of “debating standards” windy happy contradictions.

    VERY SHAMEFUL.

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  • opposition dude:

    So let’s all work together and make sure they lose 4 and more GRCs, it’s the only way we will ever send a clear signal to them.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    If we could cut the number of Members in Parliament and reduce their salaries, Singaporeans do not need to suffer with GST increase.

    How many Ministers in the PMO? Why need 2 DPMs? WTF is ESM?

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  • HarderTruths:

    Sorry Philip – will never happen. This is the main goal of the pappies – to gab as much as they can.

    Just yesterday there was another piece where the new MP scolded MRTC for not raising fares.

    Who here really thinks ownself will reduce salary for ownself?

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    When POWER & GREED enters an EVIL Heart with NO MERCY for the less privileged …Nothing else matters…$$$$ in their mind the moment they wake up and $$$$ in their mind when they sleep…When PAYBACK time comes like what happened to a Bastard NOW Dead…there will be SLEEPLESS nights and TORTUROUS days waiting for the demons to drag them home to their masters in their DEATH BEDS!!!

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  • LIONS:

    With so many sgs jobless n impoverished,it is ironic that ministers are paying themselves such huge salaries.

    Indeed,as Lee ah Long himself admitted that they have become more Thick-$kinned.

    It is shocking to hear a leader speaks like that!
    These monkey$ have no more sense of shame!

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  • PAP.Guarantee.Win.GE2020:

    Really, Phillip. You are but a sore loser like all others that kpkb about minister highest salary.

    When talent Minister Lim Swee Say tell Singaporeans to strive for cheaper, better and faster, everyone of you kpkb.

    While no Singaporeans wish to be cheaper and you guys here expect talented Minister, MPs and Civil Servants to be cheaper than you ?

    You guys are nuts, really.

    Readers beware: Opposition will crash Singapore.
    Watch this Taiwan Parliament fight video clip.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTmgwX8taQQ

    WP.Guarantee.Lose.Aljunied-Hougang.GE2020
    Singaporeans support PAP 9% GST hike
    Singaporeans support PAP 9% salary increment
    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat Huat Huat

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  • rukidding:

    I also think that there is a “revolution” coming soon !

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  • Taiwan MPs vs SG MPs:

    Current opposition in Taiwan previously was the government, now fight the current party in government who previously was the opposition.

    The party previously in opposition but now the government, had also fought the party that previously was the government but now in opposition.

    But each time, Taiwan MPs only fight other MPs INSIDE the parliament, but OUTSIDE the parliament, they will only fight FOR their own Taiwanese people.

    Our MPs like to fight for each other inside the parliament, but outside the parliament, they seems to like fighting their own people;

    Calling them names, complaint about them being lazy, question how much they want? hawker centres, food court or restaurant? how much space they really need to make babies, CPF is not your money, worried about their own drop in income yet NSMen’s service for the nation cannot be measured in dollars and cents

    Uniquely Singapore !!

    https://mustsharenews.com/famous-quotes-sg-politicians/

    PAP.Guarantee.Win.GE2020:

    Readers beware: Opposition will crash Singapore.
    Watch this Taiwan Parliament fight video clip.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTmgwX8taQQ

    WP.Guarantee.Lose.Aljunied-Hougang.GE2020
    Singaporeans support PAP 9% GST hike
    Singaporeans support PAP 9% salary increment
    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat Huat Huat

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  • Skyhigh Ministers' Pay!:

    Can add to raise in GST from
    7% to 9% and there are already so many talking points (own self clear own self in Parliament, PE 2017, 30% water tax and many others).

    Voters must demand no raise in GST and lowering of Ministers’ salary and justice and equality for all (not for some).

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  • Dr Tan Tai Wei:

    And so, all- lawyers, even medical doctors -, follow the leadership, making money so important? As GCT once said in Parliament, defending Ministerial high pay, “what really matters as incentive is, at the end of the month the pay cheque”. A lawyer I encountered wrote two short, one-and-half paged letters, un-researched and based almost totally upon information we had provided, one of which was legally ill-advised and therefore predictably ineffective (he probably knew as lawyer but wrote just to add to fees?). The bill totalled $14000. And we now we read of doctors, even doing unnecessary tests (thus doing just the opposite, endangering rather than enhancing health), only to get that pay cheque.

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  • pap selected INDIAN president:

    a small island nation of 3.3m citizens.

    why need so many ministers?

    why need so many mayors?

    worse, each one of these Ljs and Cbs all paid S$m.

    IF they even provide 10% good to voters, then, okay. but ffff. these Ljs and Cbs nothing good. everyday only thinking of ways to squeeze 70% sheep harder to fill up emptying coffer.

    why need such? why pay them so much in order to have a harder life?

    70% sheep truly utterly stupid.

    worse if 70% sheep has male offsprings they are even more stupid can imagine. NSF NSR for their male offsprings. scholarships and jobs for aliens FTs PRs.

    truly WTF stupid 70% sheep. and 70% sheep believe raising GST is to help them manage their old age better. ffff. just go check. 30 years ago and today. queue in public hospitals. any improvement at all? still hot and humid in B2 class and C class. if 70% sheep in B1 and above okay. BUT if in B2 and C, WTF are they voting the Ljs and CBs for?

    so that they get the chance to pay more GST?

    ffffing stupid 70% sheep.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    when one makes S$m year in year out what is suffering? it is nothing.

    rather the only duty is to ensure national coffer is filled so that they can continue to pay each other S$m, without accountability and responsibility.

    one country two systems. WTF.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Asd:

    One fellow said b4 they were following the dead mans direction…. So why these fellowsgetting m$ for just following ???

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  • Cynthia:

    Thanks so much! We were here in the 80s too

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