Are there errors in budget statements or are ministerial salaries much higher than disclosed?

Last month, DPM Teo told Singaporeans that the PAP-approved ministerial pay review committee had recommended a $100,000 increase in the annual salary for an entry-level minister to $1.2 million, among other recommendations.  CNA

Despite having ‘sound’ justifications for the increase, the recommendations were rejected by the government with Teo giving a ‘funny’ reason.  Ministers’ pay will hentak kaki for 5 more years, we are told.

3 years ago, the same DPM also said the same thing: entry-level ministers should be earning $1.2 million but the PAP had decided to forgo the increase. (Asiaone)

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  And budget statements appear to have confirmed Teo’s we-are-not-after-money PAP wayang.

According to the PMO expenditure estimates (page 173 and 174), there are 8 political appointments in FY2016, FY2017 and FY2018 earning between $17.05 million (actual) and $16.6 million (revised).

This works out to an average of more than $2 million per political appointment but is clearly incorrect: the only person earning above $2 million is PM Lee and a MOS earns only $770,000.

In FY2017, political appointment holders were paid $16,594,200 (revised figure).  However, a detailed breakdown (table below) confirms the expenditure should have been only $12,045,000. (based on a 20 months’ annual salary)
Shouldn’t political appointments should have cost much less; by $4.5 million. ($16.5 million less $12 million)

The discrepancy is even larger in FY2016 because of the higher expenditure of $17 million coupled with having only 2 ministers instead of 3.

Questions:
Does PMO have more than 8 political appointment holders?
Why are they not disclosed?
Or is the government trying to conceal obscene bonuses paid to ministers, ie to offset the loss of income after the 2011 ministerial pay review?

PAP should disclose salaries paid to all political appointment holders.  PMO’s budget statements appear to be ‘erroneous’:

8 political appointments could not have cost taxpayers $17 million in FY2016.

Over to you, PAP.

 

Phillip Ang

* The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.

 

 

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7 Responses to “Are there errors in budget statements or are ministerial salaries much higher than disclosed?”

  • Bapak:

    Are they quietly ownself increase pay ownself without declaration? Then, Sinkies are really had.

    When one has the key to the vault and no need to report, monkeys become kings.

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  • LIONS:

    Wow! Milli$ter$’ PAY remains unchanged but countless of sgs’ HAVE GOT NO PAY OR LOWER PAY OR EVEN NEGAYIVE INCOME?

    WHAT A BIG $acrifice?!

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  • C'est la vie:

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    The very fact that one can only guess at what it’s very own Govt Ministers or even it’s Sovereign Electrical Engineer cum Investment Guru cum PM spouse cum Fashion Icon, are earning, is indeed a shocking indictment of just how truly “screwed up” the system is, in first world SG !!!

    So, please think again, the next time you plan on referring any superlatives, when tasked to describe SG !!!
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  • Dirty:

    PAP is getting out of hand? How come so dirty and becoming so unreliable? Please don’t play with English words and figures. Please come clean to the People you serve ASAP. The Indian president should ask for a third party independent account audit with at least one member being a opposition party.

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  • rukidding:

    Pimps and prostitutes ,( aka: P.a.p.),”style” of “siphoning” $$$$ ???

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  • Trust only myself:

    Can hide they will hide la….most Singaporeans are stupid….

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  • Eric:

    Just read somewhere that the average CPF balance of those between 50 and 55 is $130+k. This is just a fraction of what these people are paid in a year. Just imagine an average Singaporean lifetime retirement savings is less than the annual salary if the high and mighty.

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