Singaporeans should not fear scrutinizing PAP and start to ask hard questions.
When PAP tells us that “the current total annual salary of an entry level Minister (i.e. MR4) is benchmarked to 60% of the median income of the top 1,000 earners who are Singapore Citizens”, they are only trying to confuse and obfuscate.
PAP could have simply benchmarked ministers’ salaries to the 500th top earner. But of course this will not be palatable to the people and better to obfuscate the fact using the figure of “1000” instead.
Would any entry-level minister be able to command a salary of $1.1 million in the private sector?
Since the answer is ‘no’, then what is the justification for benchmarking salaries of former military generals/civil servants to the mean pay of the top 500 and 501 earners (with a discount)?
PAP appears to have first determined how much they wanted from taxpayers and introduced a misleading benchmark to achieve the desired outcome.
In the real world, no company will pay any PAP elite with zero relevant experience $55,000 a month plus 8 months’ bonus.
A $1.1 million remuneration for former military generals/civil servants is unrealistically high.
Since ministers are not paid realistic salaries, it’s about time for another salary review.