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Ministers’ Salaries & Pensions

In Political governance on 15/11/2011 at 7:20 pm

Or “Stream of consciouness of a wondering mind” or how one tot lead to another.

When I read yesterday that NSP was organising a forum on ministers’ salaries, I tot of the story in the Chinese media last week that junior ministers’ starting salaries would be around the S$300,000 mark rather than the present (suspended) S$1m mark. and wondered how much would cabinet ministers and the president draw under the revised scheme?

I then wondered why the opposition MPs and NCMPs did not ask what our ministers and president are drawing pending the salary review report? The PM had said in May that any changes would be effective from the date he announced the review. So are they meanwhile paid their millions, with a clawback provision? Aka like investment bankers. And if so, what happens if a minister pleads poverty? Will he get the chance to pay back in instalments? If so, how long and at what interest?

Our WP MPs and NSMPs more interested in playing on same team as PAP? Like in footie?

Then I was reminded of what “moretothepoint” posted on TOC last Saturday

REMEMBER ITS THEIR COUNTRY. WE ONLY LIVE HERE.

At a social gathering of prominent ladies today, Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoon {former MP and junior minister) was askedrepeatedly how much her ex-MP cum MoS pension was.

She tried to avoid the question by going on about the basis of how ministerial salaries were determined.

One insistent member of the floor kept asking and she finally replied that she gets 40% of her last drawn package of $500,000 p.a.

So that’s about $20K a month for doing nothing.

The audience let out a murmur when the numbers sunk in.

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All these, for some unknown reason, reminded me of this passage in “Animal Farm” : “Comrades!’ he cried. ‘You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit of selfishness and privilege? Many of us actually dislike milk and apples. I dislike them myself. Our sole object in taking these things is to preserve our health. Milk and apples (this has been proved by Science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig. We pigs are brainworkers. The whole management and organisation of this farm depend on us. Day and night we are watching over your welfare. It is for your sake that we drink the milk and eat those apples.”― George Orwell

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