On Singapore’s Ministerial salaries 2013-2017

Singapore’s deputy prime minister Teo Chee Hean said in parliament: “all the components are within the framework of the S$1.1 million (salary for entry-level ministers) that was put in place in 2012.” He also said: “The salary structure is totally transparent. There are no hidden salary components or perks.”

Now, the S$1.1 million salary is calculated based on the following components:

(i) Fixed component I: 12 months salary

(ii) Fixed component II: 13th-month bonus

(iii) Variable component I: 3 months Performance Bonus (PB)

(iv) Variable component II: 3 months National Bonus (NB)

(v) Variable component III: 1 month Annual Variable Component (AVC)

(vi) TOTAL: 20 MONTHS (13 months fixed component + 7 months variable component)

But note, the above is only for illustration purposes, because the total number of bonuses that the ministers can receive are higher:

(i) Performance Bonus (PB): up to 6 months

(iv) National Bonus (NB): up to 6 months

(v) Annual Variable Component (AVC): up to 1.5 month

(iv) Special Variable Payment (SVC): no stated limit

(v) TOTAL APPLICABLE BONUSES:

- not including SVC: up to 13.5 months

- including SVC: unlimited*

(vi) TOTAL APPLICABLE SALARY:

- not including SVC: up to 26.5 months

- including SVC: unlimited*

*There is no limit to the SVC based on the current publicly available information, unless the government is willing to provide more information. 

Yesterday, Chee Hean also revealed that from 2013 to 2017:

(i) The Singapore ministers earned National Bonuses (NB) of 3.4 to 4.9 months, with an average of 4.1 months over the 5-year period.

(ii) Last month, Singapore’s prime minister Hsien Loong also revealed that between 2013 and 2017, the ministers earned Performance Bonuses (PB) of 3 to 6 months, with an average of 4.3, 4.2, 4.4, 4.3 and 4.1 months in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively. The average is 4.3 months over the 5-year period.

(iii) Yesterday, Chee Hean also revealed that from 2013 to 2017, the ministers earned an AVC of 0.95 to 1.5 months, with an average of 1.3 months over the 5-years period.

Questions:

(a) But how much exactly is the average National Bonus (NB) for each year? It is not known, or if it was shared in parliament yesterday, it was not reported.

(b) Also, how much has been the total salaries of each of the ministers since 1959, and what were the exact breakdowns?

Using the lower limit, average and upper limit bonuses/AVC of each of the component, the total salary for an entry-level minister is estimated as according:

Lower Limit Average Upper Limit

13 months (fixed component) + 3.4 months (NB) + 3 months (PB) + 0.95 months (AVC)

13 months (fixed component) + 4.1 months (NB) + 4.3 months (PB) + 1.3 months (AVC) 13 months (fixed component) + 4.9 months (NB) + 6 months (PB) + 1.5 months (AVC)
TOTAL: 20.35 months TOTAL: 22.7 months TOTAL: 25.4 months
S$1.11925 MILLION S$1.2485 MILLION S$1.397 MILLION

As such, from 2013 to 2017, an entry-level minister never earns just only S$1.1 million. He or she always earns higher than S$1.1 million. From 2013 to 2017, the salary of an entry-level minister range from an estimated S$1.12 million to S$1.40 million.

Similarly, for the Deputy Prime Ministers, the total salary is estimated as according:

Lower Limit

Average

Upper Limit

13 months (fixed component) + 3.4 months (NB) + 3 months (PB) + 0.95 months (AVC)

13 months (fixed component) + 4.1 months (NB) + 4.3 months (PB) + 1.3 months (AVC)

13 months (fixed component) + 4.9 months (NB) + 6 months (PB) + 1.5 months (AVC)

TOTAL: 20.35 months

TOTAL: 22.7 months

TOTAL: 25.4 months

S$1.902725 MILLION

S$2.12245 MILLION

S$2.3749 MILLION

As such, from 2013 to 2017, the deputy prime ministers never earn just only S$1.87 million. They always earn higher than S$1.87 million. From 2013 to 2017, the salaries of the deputy prime ministers range from an estimated S$1.90 million to S$2.37 million.

The Singapore prime minister does not get a Performance Bonus (PB), but he gets twice the National Bonus (NB). As such, again, lower limit, average and upper limit bonuses/AVC of each of the component, the total salary for the prime minister is estimated as according:

Lower Limit

Average

Upper Limit

13 months (fixed component) + 6.8 months (NB) + 0.95 months (AVC)

13 months (fixed component) + 8.2 months (NB) + 1.3 monts (AVC)

13 months (fixed component) + 9.8 months (NB) + 1.5 months (AVC)

TOTAL: 20.75 months

TOTAL: 22.5 months

TOTAL: 24.3 months

S$2.2825 MILLION

S$2.475 MILLION

S$2.673 MILLION

As such, from 2013 to 2017, the prime minister never earns just only S$2.2 million. He has always earned higher than S$2.2 million. From 2013 to 2017, the salary of the prime minister ranges from an estimated S$2.28 million to S$2.67 million.

Without the exact breakdowns according to each year, these are the best estimates that we can come out with.

Why does Chee Hean insists on using S$1.1 million for illustration when from 2013 to 2017, an entry-level minister clearly earns more than that? Why does the Singapore government insists that the prime minister earns S$2.2 million when from 2013 to 2017, he clearly earns more than that?

Chee Hean also said: “The salary structure is totally transparent. There are no hidden salary components or perks.”

But do you see the problem? Until now, we still do not know exactly how much the prime minister and ministers were paid in TOTAL. Why does the PAP government insist on not being “totally transparent” with this information?

And if Singaporeans are forced to estimate the total salaries based on the incomplete information that is given, does the PAP government have a right to say that Singaporeans are spreading falsehoods, when it is the PAP that has been non-transparent?

But here is one last thing: do you know that there is a Special Variable Payment (SVC) which the ministers can earn, which has no stated limit, which in theory can be an infinite amount? This SVC has never been disclosed. WP should ask this question in parliament.

Now, look back at what Chee Hean said (which I quoted at the start of this post). Knowing all these now, in Chee Hean’s words, “what do you think” of what he said? Chee Hean called the Worker’s Party disingenuous. But who is the one being disingenuous?


Roy Ngerng

 

 

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12 Responses to “On Singapore’s Ministerial salaries 2013-2017”

  • How To Justify:

    Why waste all the times to debate on Ministers’ salary structure is totally transparent or not and any hidden salary components or perks?

    Let’s take the world top four economic powers countries, USA, China, Japan and UK, how much are these leaders paid? Their populations are more than 12x to 257x times higher than Singapore, yet Singapore Ministers are drawing the highest than these countries.

    How to justified???

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    哇!你看
    这群杂种把国家会生蛋的金鹅
    搬到牠们自己的家
    甘林老母吔抄鸡拜

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  • clown pap S$m lying clan:

    Singapore belongs to Singaporeans, rich or poor.

    clown pap is NOT Singapore. clown pap is a political party that happens to form government at the moment.

    because clown pap has control of parleement, all illegal stuff anywhere else becomes legal in clown pap regime.

    so much so, after ensuring S$m for toadies in each and every apolitical public institution, clown pap abuses power for S$m. gic temasick ntuc and such, instead of serving Singaporeans, become conduits for clown pap the political party to reward loyalty. anywhere else, even in once similarly corrupt Msia, such blatant hand in the cookie jar won’t happen. WTF.

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  • Bapak:

    My employment contract is $100K p.a., but I’ve decided to draw only $12 p.a. for publicity, to make Sinkies feel so touch and keep voting me b’cos I am a kind, not greedy, With-You-For-You-For-SG person.

    But my bonus is unlimited and it cannot be disclosed. Therefore, I am a very good person for you (the idiotic fools).

    And it has been so successful that 70% believe in me….(laughing all the way to many OVERSEAS banks).

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  • opposition dude:

    So, what was the wayang pay cut in 2011 again for?

    Cut? Got cut meh?

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  • DOOMERANG:

    SAME LIKE HARVEST CHURCH BOSS

    NO PAY

    BUT…….

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  • LIONS:

    Ya,ya our MINISTER$ are UNDERPAID.
    You see,THEY MEASURE BY HOW LOW THEIR PERFORMANCE IS.
    THE LOWER THE PERFORMANCE,the HIGHER THEIR PAY.

    So,NO NEED TO SCRATCH HEADS.
    JUST SACK THEM.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    NOTHING NEW lah!! cheating the people and Lying LEEgaly is the NORM…if IDIOTS are willing to vote them into POWER leh!!!

    VOTE them out the next election and see for yourselves what they had been doing the past 30years…you will NOT be SHOCKED just wondering how STOOPID it was!!!

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  • Harder Truths:

    Consider the various directorships and boards these clowns belong to. Say each one has 20 directorships x $100 000 per each = $2 million.

    $2 million for doing absolutely nothing. Remember AIM? Jobs for the boys. No one was put in prison for graft or corruption.

    I know 70% will still vote them in anyway.

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  • Hypocrites:

    All $$miling happily.
    Why not eh?

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  • rukidding:

    Like I say,….the “select” committee is a “selected” team.

    The word “selected” actually carries two meaning…very smart of Pappy !

    If you look around and ask again,….where and what are these few “selected” guys doing today??

    I won’t be surprise that THEY ARE ALL “doing pretty well” today !

    That is why …it “pays” to be a member of a “select” committee.

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  • pap PA S$billion contracts:

    all political parties need S$m to function.

    clown pap is no different.

    due to pliant parleement, rule of law is abused. such that S$billions of citizens’ CPF are channeled to fund clown pap the political party via pap PA.

    in any other countries, including formerly corrupt najib regime, such abuse of citizens’ money cannot pass muster. only can happen in one place on this planet earth, in 70% sheep pen Singapore.

    where does the pap PA abused S$billions go to?

    T-shirt contractors who double as cccc ccc cc chairmen chairwomen. all in cahoots because of lucrative t-shirt contracts. all VOLUNTEER their services to pap PA, even at the expense of own family time so that can get bigger t-shirt contracts from pap PA.

    if such is NOT legalized corruption then corruption has lost its meaning.

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