PM Lee’s parliamentary disclosure found wanting, ministers’ total bonus more than 10 months in 2017

I refer to ST’s “Parliament: Political office holders received average performance bonus of 4 months’ salary in last 5 years” and Today’s “Govt ministers paid an average performance bonus of 4.1 months in 2017“.

NCMP Leon Perera ” had asked about the bonus paid to Cabinet ministers in the last five years in terms of the average total of bonus months, and the highest and lowest total of bonus months paid to an individual minister”.

Although ministers receive 4 different types of bonuses in 2017, ie performance bonus (3 to 6 months), national bonus (5.25 months, see image below), 13-month bonus (1 month) and AWC (1.5 months), PM Lee disclosed only figures for performance bonus which downplayed the obscene total ministerial bonus that’s rarely paid even in the private sector.

Singaporeans are now under the impression that ministers were paid about only 4.1 months’ bonus in 2017 (Today’s headline) when, in fact, they received more than 10 months’ bonus.

Despite the ministerial salary review in 2012, PAP has still managed to pay ministers obscene amounts in tax dollar bonuses while average income earners struggle with PAP-created high cost of living.

If the PAP government has nothing to conceal from citizens, the following information should be disclosed:
– PM Lee’s and individual minister’s total bonus in 2017.
– Similar annual bonus information since ministerial salary was revised in 2012.

And Leon should not have accepted the non answer from PM Lee.

 


Phillip Ang

* The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.

 

 

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22 Responses to “PM Lee’s parliamentary disclosure found wanting, ministers’ total bonus more than 10 months in 2017”

  • pap lies, INDIAN is malay:

    an important matter such as elected president of Singapore, must be malay yet selected INDIAN, now also milo.

    such an important matter can lie. what else NOT?

    look deeper into the INDIAN malay, now milo, lie. one clown alone cannot make summer. one clown alone could not have succeeded in such a blatant lie.

    the whole jing gang of clown pap related folks, together, make the blatant lie stand as it stands at the moment.

    who is the whole jing gang in clown pap?

    this is one matter, when national referendum is taken, is the only one in the whole wide world where the result is right on the dot, because every Singaporean knows who is the whole jing gang in clown pap.

    of course, pap clan membership hopefuls, the clown pap S$m wannabes, all pretend no such thing, no such jing gang, and such. and pap PA paid IBs out in force saying no such thing, no such jing gang, and such.

    we say, TEO chee hean, KHAW boon hwan, GRACE fool, and such, all know, and are members of the clown pap jing gang lying liars.

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  • Demand Apology:

    Ask for Total Bonus Received but response is Performance Bonus, which is only one element forming the Total of the Bonuses there received.

    This deliberate non answer in Parliament Cannot be acceptable.
    I see it as deplorable attitude and an act of defiance to the Parliament sittings and all the people there. Disgraceful should call out the poor standard of response from the PM.

    He should apologize to the house immediately for his misunderstand and to the People of Singapore.

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  • John Richards:

    Aiyah! So easy to hoodwink the people. First big wayang about reducing Ministerial salaries because people not happy. Then quietly make up for the reduction by offering obscene bonuses on top the already obscene salaries. This is called transparency PAP style. By the way, how much is Ho Ching making?

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  • Bobo:

    Wa lao! Trying to cover up their greedy truth some more. So lies to all of us about bad economy for decade after decade to pay themselves extremely generously. Telling people Singapore reserves can not last long, this generation must save for future generation while they themselves have the privilege to take big bonuses. WTF! Who approved their bonuses and salary scheme?

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  • Sad!:

    What is sadly puzzling about this govt is why it refuses to
    reveal all kinds of basic info, like bonuses to ministers.
    Why is it such a fearful govt???? Why does it behave like it
    has no guts, and about so many things? And that includes its
    constant dependence on LKY as to why it does/does not do things.

    I want so much for my leaders to be people with guts, like
    LKY and his 1G. Adults who will admit when they are wrong.
    People who strive to improve like they tell me to do. They
    should not be hiding behind dead men who operated under
    different circumstances. Otherwise, how do I respect them?

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  • sad state:

    My son served 2 years of NS with double distinctions.

    Went on to achieve his Magna Cum Laude from a prestigious University in the USA.

    Came back Singapore and during job interview was told “why must I pay you $2400 when I can pay a XXX (ie foreigner, I don’t mention nationality) much lower?”

    LHL – see what you have done to us. Sad …

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  • rukidding:

    PAP Ministers are just a bunch of “Greedy PIGs” who are “smart” at telling only “half info or half truths” !

    How “despicable” indeed !

    No wonder all of them are “covering and helping” each other !

    How “Loyal”…Par Si Beh Jiow ????

    Sure lah,….the “lure” of $$$$ more than Truly serving the people !

    “Crooked” Leeder….breeds crooked supporters and sub-ordinates !!

    Just look at how Indra’s Knee and Vivi Bala has “changed” so much in their attitudes !

    I am also wondering hhat happen to “blue eye boy”….Teo sir Luck ???

    Like kenna “sidelined” already issit ???

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  • opposition dude:

    Well well if the opposition parties can make this into an election issue next year then it would be good.

    We get shit pay and these good for nothings are getting a minimum 4 months of free money, well done!

    And to rub salt in the wound there was even a super bloody wayang salary review committee set up to recommend a NINE percent increase in ministers’ pay! Looks like Teo Chee Bai was hiding a lot more when he outright quickly rejected the pay increase (who don’t want right?) recommended by the committee.

    “Pay cut” indeed eh? The PM “earned” 36% less after his GRC was lost but more than made up for it the last few years.

    These mofos are robbing us blind so let us all put a stop to it next year!

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  • Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh:

    Lack of openness and transparency is a compelling reason for REGIME CHANGE. Why? Because these are needed for REAL accountability.

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  • Robbing the sg taxpayers:

    If the truth is revealed many will faint or vomit blood.
    But i doubt this 4G ever will be open & truthful.
    Bunch of leegalized crooks ,not an honest gov by any measure.
    …and they keep reminding us peasants there is no corruption..
    As i see it, depends on where we look!

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  • waste of time zzz:

    @ sad state

    who have you and your family voted for?

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  • Wonny Kanny:

    How much bonus was paid to Wong Kan Seng the year Mas Selamat escape?
    How much bonus was paid to Health Minister the year many died in the Hepatitis Fiasco?
    Or are bonus part of their yearly salary despite very major screw-ups?
    Leon please ask follow up questions.
    Also ask how much is Ka-Ching paid; every cent of her salary comes from taxes, so why tax payers are kept in the dark?

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  • HarderTruths:

    Anybody here believe this crap?
    How stupid do these clowns think we are?

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  • Boh Kia See:

    It is also important to know if they are taxed or are exempted from taxes.

    Also, whether the appointed Indian/Malay President’s income is taxed and whether there is a tax exemption for life.

    It is a point that was never brought up and should be examined to see what is the practice in this area.

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  • nizhemoshou:

    Did Leon not know the different types of bonuses created by pap leeders long time liao as excuses to pay themselves bonuses beyond just the usual 13th month paid to all public servants ? If so, why didn’t he follow up to ask for the complete answer and not be tricked by their deceit. Even he doesn’t know, his bosses Sylvia n LTK ought to know.

    Its is even more revolting if you also know the following elements about the bonuses :
    - the national bonus was created to give to themselves , the ministers only;
    - except for the fixed 13mth bonus, they can pay themselves as many months bonuses as they like every year for the other bonuses
    - while the 13mth n AWC bonuses are reflected in the salary payslip of the public servants, the performance bonus which was implementED for coming to 3 decades by now is not similarly reflected . As for national bonus, not sure how it is reflected.
    - what about MP bonuses .The question should not leave out on any MP bonuses . Really a double whammy blows to Sgs if they find how even more mindblogging the bloodsucker ministers bonuses are if add the MP bonuses to their ministers bonuses.

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  • True facts:

    With the mass importation of FTs and PRs they had caused until alot of locals jobless even though most of them are uni graduates.

    They are more interested in the FWL they collected for their million dollars salaries and lead to mass unemployment here yet MOM latest report said locals managed to find jobs?????

    Really mismanaged and a wasted premiership since this clown took over 15 years ago.

    Really stupid clown.

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  • why suffered in silence:

    As a leader, Pinky kept lying from oxley rise issue to ministerial bonus.Very good critique that Performance Bonus is only 1 of the 4 components of Total Bonus paid. If a leader could lie extensively , what about his cronies under him? You bet the skeleton in the closet is exploding , with new skeletons being brought in regularly. This article should be widely distributed to all the independent media to educate the public and expose Pinky’s incessant lies.
    One shocking trend under Pinky leaderlessship is that ministers kept contradicting his speeches eg national day rally speech about HDB lease, VERS.Ministers could infiltrate into another ministers jurisdiction and make comments, which during old man’s time never occurred.Seems like he has lost the dressing room or could not control his own cronies.

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  • Beilef in a nutshell:

    A neighbor who Nasruddin didn’t like very much came over to his compound one day. The neighbor asked Nasruddin if he could borrow his donkey. Nasruddin not wanting to lend his donkey to the neighbor he disliked told him, “I would love to loan you my donkey but only yesterday my brother came from the next town to use it to carry wheat to the grinding mill. The donkey sadly, is not here.”
    The neighbor was disappointed. He thanked Nasruddin and began to walk away. Just as he got a few steps away, Mullah Nasruddin’s donkey, which was in the back of his compound all the time, let out a big bray. The neighbor turned to Nasruddin and said, “Tuan, I thought you told me your donkey was not here! Tuan Nasruddin turned to the neighbor and said, “My friend, who are you going to believe? Me or the donkey?

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  • 明人不做暗事:

    Very cocky PM with a very kocky answer. He thinks citizens are idiots, but everyone smelled fishy fishy dealings. Honest and integrity people won’t hide true facts, unlike the Dishonourable Son.

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  • LIONS:

    More so PM LEE found wanting himself?!

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  • APOLOGIZE:

    When someone whom supposed to be the most upright of them all, knowingly withheld information for the purpose to misinform or deceive, then there is a integrity problem in that person regardless of how he would abuse the power to obscure the matter out like for example “will cause unnecessary unrest” or whatever reasons he may give, especially when;

    1. the question involve him as the benefiting party.
    2. ask in a actual parliament sitting
    3. involve Public tax-payers money

    Let’s suppose he misunderstood the question, then he should quickly apologize to the public and the house and make the response to the question again in full. Make correction.

    This is not a trivial matter. This is plain disrespect to the People. It dirt the intent and purpose of parliament sitting and the jurisdiction in the land.

    If no apology is coming, then let it be known that he has no respect for us as much as he has for the old man.

    In that case, he receive non from me and he is not my PM.

    I also expect WP to make a big issue out of it.

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  • CockyPML:

    He is definitely not mandated to be ‘cocky’.

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