The PA’s ‘economy’ seems to be in a bubble with skyrocketing staff costs. From $149 million in 2009, it increased to $223 million in 2012. At this rate of increase, it could be half a billion dollars in a few years time. Although the PA is funded by taxpayers, there was no breakdown of the 50 per cent increase within such a short span of time.
Relative to other costs, staff costs have increased disproportionately. The government had resisted helping elderly Singaporeans and had to implement a package to provide assistance. It doesn’t seem fair to provide additional millions to the PA which is basically doing the same job.
Hmm…what could be the reason?