Come August, teachers will have to pay for parking at school premises. Uncovered and covered lots will cost $720 and $960 a year respectively.
After more than 5 decades of free parking, the MOE policy review was triggered by “the Auditor-General’s (AG) disapproval in 2015 of some educational institutions allowing their staff to park for free or charging fees below the market rate”. Today
Current AG Willie Tan is a former SAF scholar and CPF CEO from 2002 to 2005.
According to the AG, “Such practices were “tantamount to providing hidden subsidies for vehicle parking”.
Today, the government has disclosed to Singaporeans that “Elected MPs pay S$365 a year for parking at HDB car parks and Parliament House“. CNA
This works out to be a token smaller than peanut $1 per day!
Since MPs are paid almost $200,000 in annual allowance to do their job (vs teachers who are paid a fraction in salary), it appears that the PAP government has been providing hidden subsidies to elected MPs (mostly PAP) for decades.
What then is the purpose of a 5-figure MP monthly allowance?
This flies in the face of our clean-wage system and such hidden perks for elected MPs must be removed.
Over to you, Willie Tan. 😉