Propaganda would have us believe that ministerial salaries started to increase only in the 1990s.
Fact: Shortly after independence, daylight robbery had occurred like nobody’s business. Link
To put PAP’s humongous salary increase into perspective, all we need to remember is ministerial salary at independence and the 2 most important figures are:
In 1989 when ministers’ pay increased to $28,644, PAP had already rewarded ministers with a 1145% salary increase since independence. As for the PM whose pay was adjusted to $49,608, the increase was 1417%.
The actual increase was much higher because PAP had recently introduced a performance bonus of “up to two months’ pay” and there was no AWS in 1965.
PAP loves to justify depressed wages of workers with this doomsday scenario: The economy would collapse if wages do not increase in tandem with productivity growth.
But did productivity increase by 1000% since independence to justify more than 1000% increase in ministerial wages in 1989?
4 years after MP Goh became PM, another round of increase kicked in: PM’s monthly pay = $96,000, ministers’ pay = $64,000.
In 29 years – the volunteer PM and his ministers saw their salaries increase by a whopping 2742% and 2560% respectively, excluding bonuses.
Despite ministerial salaries having been reduced and frozen since 2012, the ‘white leeches’ are still way overpaid. This is because the PAP-appointed salary review committee had recommended a typical pay package to include 7-months’ bonus. (WP doesn’t seem to be interested to find out how much PAP ministers are currently paid. The announcements rosy economic figures are not for nothing, oK.)
Since independence, salaries of PM and ministers have increased by 5238% and 3666% respectively.
There are apparently 2 rules for salary increase: GDP growth for PAP leaders and productivity growth for ordinary citizens. 😦
Did overpaid PAP ministers not betray citizens’ trust by drowning themselves in tax dollars?
Any ordinary citizen struck Toto got pay increase similar to PM’s 5238%, keechiu.