Saturday, 28 January 2012
Ministers' Pay Debate - Discerning The Forest From The Trees.
1) Political Office is a calling, a privilege - who better to represent this calling than Mr Chen Show Mao himself who gave up a lucrative legal job to become an MP. An MP is elected by the people first before he can become a Minister. And the Minister is not selected from the private sector by the Prime Minister.
2) Competitive Salary - As the Minister has first to be an MP, logically his pay should be bench-marked against an MP's allowance which the WP calculated to be $11,000 pm (the norm in the senior level civil service pay) From here the WP extrapolated the entry-level Minister's pay to be 5 times($55,000 pm) and the PM's 9 times ($99,000 pm)
3) Clean Wage - The WP stipulated that the bonus payments for Ministers should not be more than 5 months (the Review Committee recommended 13.5 months) as an average worker gets about 3 to 4 months bonus in a very good year.
The WP stated that the Cabinet is a Constitutional extension of the Parliament and thereby under the Legislative control of the Parliament.
Well, this will not be the last time we hear of Ministers' pay. But at least I get educated on the matter - who say competitive ideas/viewpoints have no merit?