The obscenity of our ministerial salaries

Recently, I chanced upon an interesting infographics which depicts the 20 highest paid world leaders.

I used the data to compile the relativity between the world leaders’ salaries and the GDP per capita of their respective countries (extreme right column).

As you can see from the table, the salaries of the heads of state for developed countries are generally 3-10 times of their GDP per capita while PM Lee’s sticks out like a sore thumb- a whopping 18.78 times.

If we arrange these 20 leaders by their respective GDP per capita, you will find Luxembourg, Singapore, Ireland, Switzerland and HK in the top 5. However, PM Lee’s salary outstrips the total salaries of Bettel, Varadkar, Berset and Lam.

If we study the table from the perspective of OECD countries, Luxembourg, Ireland, Switzerland, US and Netherlands will come out tops in terms of GDP per capita. Again, the combined salaries of their Heads of State are lower than that of Singapore’s.

People tell me that Singaporeans are a pragmatic lot. Hence, I have exercised pragmatism to present the data in a logical and scientific manner to show our countrymen the obscenity of our ministerial salaries.

I have mentioned in a recent Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) forum (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSxkUyxD47Y) that ministerial salaries should be pegged to the bottom 20 percent of Singaporean wage earners. Reasonably, ministers should be paid three times the MP allowance while the PM is paid 4 times the amount.

Only then will the true spirit of public service and selfless national leadership be epitomized.

 

*Facebook post by Bryan Lim Boon Heng. The author is a member of the Singapore Democratic Party.

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32 Responses to “The obscenity of our ministerial salaries”

  • NotMyProblem:

    Hi, Bryan accordingly to ESM Goh, those people are mediocre.

    Don’t you see the different, when their countries having problem, these leaders were on top of it to solve it. In the case of PM Lee, when SG was having problem, we went for holiday. Smart isn’t it?

    So what do you think? Happy now?

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  • Be honourable and kind:

    WTF highest pay but only good for taking pic with big boys and sooing weak helpless locals.

    Level 18 hades is waiting for this wicked chap.

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  • VoteInPAP,VoteForMoreSuffering:

    Becz the dafts keep voting them in at every GE. So they thought theyre special or something, like God’s gift to us sgs!..
    …far from it.

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  • #1 again - Yay? But Perf ???:

    The AristoCATs are obsessed with Ranking. . .
    Of course, they conveniently ignore “high ranking” that shed negatively on them -
    like ST “high ranking” – :(
    -
    Mr. Pink got his “high ranking” in pay. But, performance???

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  • Asd:

    Campaign slogan .. Take Togethere.. Band Togethere..

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  • Leech:

    If don’t leech by leegalising obscene salary, how to get rich in politics without resorting to illegal corruption?

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  • Bapak:

    HSK and Kee Chui are giggling.

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  • Bapak:

    Chill man, chill. Wait till you see what is Tomboy’s income.

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  • 鸟龙的人:

    因为牠们是稀有的 〃杂种〃

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  • LIONS:

    What makes it wor$e is the very fact that they KEEP UPPING THEIR OREDY OB$CENE $alaries for UNDERPERFORMACE.

    Meanwhile,tell the ppl to accept low pay or risk losing their jobs to the ALIEN$ they dump recklessly here in oredy crowd-out Sg.

    I say these PIG$ not only have thick hides,they have no dignity.

    Shame to all the PIG$ N piglet$.

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  • ours r least impressive of all:

    When you juxtapose any of our tax-payer made multimillionaire Ministers (with the exception of maybe Tharman) alongside Ministers from other First World countries (and many Third World ones too) and let them speak their minds or in a debate, you will see ours are the least impressive of all.

    You can see for yourself by doing a search on YouTube on both our Ministers as well as Ministers elsewhere in the world and watch how the speak.

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  • we have been robbed p1:

    When GCT regardless whether he was ordered, under tyranical compulsion or on his own moved the motion to pay each minister the average of the top few percent of highly paid CEOs of MNC with the rationale that country is mant times bigger than an MNC n the responsibility is much greater than an MNC. The Parliament was fully controlled by his herd so he got his motion thru. The salary paid since then has been multimillions, excluding the bonus they gave themselves plus all kinds of benefits eg Khaw $8 for his heart operation first class wards n medicine. If the miniserial committees of experts they have appointed during the year included, regardless whether the experts r paid at market rate or citizens obligation to serve free, their equivalent fees though not paid should all been counted towards the ministerial pay package. In fact such ministerial privilege worth million time more sice CEOs r not given such privileges. It is really on such privilege that no political leaders dream of paying themselves millions as a multiparies national assembly would not have approve such ludicrous demands. Even if the national assembly approved, the citizenry will be staging demonstration to get the ruling country out. GCT did it taking advantage of full control of Parliament n modified constitution limiting free speech, limiting free media with plps staffed managements n illegalized public assembly. If they feel threatened by 2 men in an assembly, they can bring charges against them. A large herd of plps r on constant alert to comply n chalk up credit points for year end benefits or retirement benefits ranging from bonus, promotion n diectorship in public companies which the govt is a major shareholders. Legally the citizens mandate to govern is limited to serve the nation n her people in their interests n benefits n not to serve in the interest of the ruling party n its digits. Strictly any decision pertaining to the interests, gain n benefits of the ruling party n its members is amounting to abuse of power which is anti constitution n illegal in an unadulterated democratic Constitution n legal system.
    Nevertheless the situation is further aggravated by the Govt does not work towards the interests n benefits of the nation n her people, but pro foreigners including importing foreigners to a level that would compromise national security n make a mockery of all NSmen n National Service; spending billions to provide free education for foreign students all the way from proimary to postgraduate degree while simultaneously increasing the fees for citizens. The infrastructure was imprudently overloaded that the Govt even coming out to sing praises for low academic achievement that no degree is as good as having degree, one that is clearly an evil lie if they r…

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  • C'est la vie:

    ******
    The blame for this obscenity, falls squarely on the “dead one” !!!

    And why would the dozey lot object !!!

    Money for old rope, this !!!

    And the dafts hadn’t “really” objected for decades !!!

    And it’s their bloody money and all !!!
    ***
    ******

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  • we have been robbed p2:

    willing to spend billions for the foreigners to get postgraduate degrees including very generous allowance so generous that they can remit to support their family in their heartlands or to speculate in shares. The call for citizens not to go to university could be there r insufficient places after they have fulfilled the obligation for the foreign students on SIN scholarship. The threats issued by a minister berrachan that he has no problem to import foreign Pmets to replace Singaporeans further confirmed that biws are not working as they have sworn on their individual faith when they took office n that is to serve in the interests n benefits of Singaporeans. What is pathetic is that on one hand the Biws talked so gloriously how well they have performed economically n internationally, 98% of citizenry were confused why if that is so why r their standard of living is sliding so fast as the days paa. Ironically they see the rich n mmillionaires both private n bureaucratic r getting richer. Taxes r going up, fees r going up, healthcare soars as all medics also feel their jobs r divine n they should be similarly rewards as rationalized by GCT for his biws in the cabinets. The pressure is increasing as they have no way out to vent their frustration. Sociopolitical sites in the cyber space r threatened n sued for kpkb which was publicly derogated as noises of the e nvironment. To the nepotic regime, Singaporeans r not just daft but slaves they can kick around. The wave od people power swept fast thru the world n contries affected incl USA, Britain, Philippines, Brazil …. n came as close as Malaysia. The heat is suddenly hots up n pre GE wayangs start particularly early this year with carrots, threats, arrests, legal suits n what nots. Even fear factor was used . Seniors r expecting when will sympathy factor will be activated. Anyway the announcement of v4 digits r not more than put off Singaporeans from their arrogance, plp bereft brain, extraordinary greed, hunger n aggressiveness as their nepotic chief has uncaningly revealed in his advice to Singaporeans that if they want jobs, they should steal them from their imported foreigners but they have to be hungrier, greedier n more aggressive than them. What has the Govt import, a herd of wolves n ferocious animals? Surpringly no murmur of objections come from the foreign herds. Presumably silence should imply consent that they r what the importer said they r.
    What has become of the island once so full of international admiration for its multiracial harmony n human perfection, clean n polite but now have to be hiungrier, greddier n more aggressive than the imported foreigners to get a job by stealing it from the hungry greedy n aggressive foreigners. No wonder taxi drivers r bashed up, pedestrains etc…

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  • a PG:

    Many of our citizens, retirees, unemployed, the aged, sick ones, etc are suffering in silence each passing day of their lives. They have so low CPF savings, and cannot meet the min sums demanded. I hope our leeders can lift up their pillows and think hard about the problems our citizens face. The leeders can retire without worries with an astronomical amount of money in hand or in banks!! Or are they telling us we were born unlucky ?

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  • rukidding:

    The cow has been “arrowed” to “speak out and defend” during this “crisis” moment,…whilst the “Missing Head”…”takes cover” and have conveniently…”disappeared” ???

    What kind of “Leedershit” is this ?

    Ya lor,…Only Pimps and prostitutes ( P.a.p.) “behaves” like this

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  • Be robbed.:

    If this is a LEEEMPIRE, I rather DRM march in and take all the wealth away.

    WHy?

    I rather be robbed than be lied thru the generations.

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  • Obscene open corruption?:

    Didn’t LKY remonstrate with his founding father comrades (who strongly opposed his conception) that his 2-G candidates will be “Supermen” deserving such colossal salaries as top MNC CEOs and thus have no excuse to delve into corrupt money-harvesting activities?
    But haven’t we found out today that global experts deem our political economy to be a corrupted crony capitalism? Then there’s the fact that ministers are drawing other (secret) salaries as concurrent business executives of one sort or another?

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  • Everything is going downhill:

    THERE’S a whole lot of people who deserve a one-way trip to the moon.
    Hope the day comes soon when the whole world discovers what this mil$salaried gov is really about!

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  • True facts:

    They take care of their own pocket you think they take care of you.

    Fat hope.

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  • Bapak:

    Those who are earning higher pay than them, they feel very malu talking to. So, Jack Ma would not come. Bill Gates & Warren Buffett will not come. Mukesh Ambani also would not come. They don’t want to come here to malu Pinky & PAPigs, therefore they automatically exclude themselves, will not come.

    And then they are also not interested to talk to mediocre people (those earning below S$1mil). And there are so many on the above list from HK all the day down to South Korea, including Donald Trump.

    So both ways they also don’t want to talk. Why Singaporeans want them? Better retire them for good and send them to North Sentinel Island, let the Sentinelese people talk to them. And please bring all your talented Generals with you. Oh, don’t forget to bring that PAPSureWin guy. He will help to you talk to the Sentinelese people. Generals and Pinky may not want to talk first, the brave guy will.

    Btw, this island is very safe, cos the long arm of the law also cannot reach you there.

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  • reeee:

    Have someone looked at their family business and asset?

    These salaries nothing compared to their family fortune.

    This is why they dont dare to declare to public.

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  • Bapak:

    Remember there was a window of opportunity period where any one died, need not to declare Estate Duty? The poor people missed it is okay cos nothing to declare. But ht rich ones missed it so wasted.

    But now the greedy party wants Estate Duty tax to reinstate soon. Remeber dont die sobfast.

    reeee:
    Have someone looked at their family business and asset?

    These salaries nothing compared to their family fortune.

    This is why they dont dare to declare to public.

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  • Stupendously smart alecks:

    An obscene ruling class reward system never begot a smart nation of lesser mortals lah …

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  • 花非花:

    嗨,你知道什么是“绑架”吗?
    当“绑架”在进行时,而“公权力”不彰的时候,你想,被“绑架”一方的家人,还有和“绑匪”讨价还价的本钱吗?
    新加坡人正是被“绑架”了!因为在茫茫的大海,新加坡这艘--是大船也好、是舢板也好,都只是“孤舟”--稍微带点儿理智的人都会怕“翻船”!
    上一届的大选,许多人自以为“跌破眼镜”,奇怪在激情反对执政党的舆论之后,执政党竟然获得了将近70%人民的支持?
    很简单,那就是被执政党的“翻船”说恫吓,被“翻船”“绑架”了!
    不是吗?人民都明白,就是反对党不明白:你们说得都“对”!然而真正的问题是,当反对党没有能力铸造一艘“新船”时,当发生“翻船”的时刻,难道你们真的叫新加坡人“跳海”?
    政治不是一朝一夕的事!新加坡的在野党如果真的怀有使命,想为新加坡人干的实事,那么,所有的在野党不能够团结起来,组成一个“大联盟”,为新加坡未来的两党制打开局面--那么一切的呐喊都只能够成为叫嚣,除了在每一届的大选“狗吠火车”之外,都只能够成为空谈。
    不错,我随时可以列出执政党许许多多的“恶迹”,但是就是在这样的一艘“贼船”上,就是在这一片迷茫的大海中,不用你来告诉我“贼人”有多么“可恶”--我总不能就这样“跳下海水,期望龙宫的收留吧?

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  • 從盼望 變失望 至無望 亡於望:

    朝無成 野無能
    – 古冊《縱橫腥州》{Busoh Busoh}

    ©️ MMXVIII WANG WANG
    All rights reserved.

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  • There Is No God (But A-Loot):

    LeeHsiennLootng
    Salary $1.7 million (NOT including bonuses, mind yew first) last year.

    Basic salary alone NEARLY TWENTY TIMES (20x) his cuntree’s GDP per capita

    In other words, an SG worker will have to slog, if he’s lucky enough to be earning $90k a year,
    TWENTY (20) YEARS to earn what he & his cabinet pay him in just A YEAR
    - one single year compared to your 20 loong years!! …

    We are living indeed in a banana leepahlee of SinkGetPoorer (you, not him & his elite buddies), it has been just confirmed & reinforced. Well done, peepoo-le, bravo, bravo, niaboh你阿某 有钱买bra boh??

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  • How To Justify:

    You have forgotten to say not only the Prime Minister’s all others Ministers’ salaries are world highest paid leaders in Singapore.

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  • LLittle Goh:

    GKS once said When you must go, you go in the context on death.He must be berating HSS of recruiting such an idiot that shaemed the honour n good name of his clan. It seemed that the idiot is still spilling his garbage n smelling with the farts he has consumed as a faet warm g SWing abt the shitquality of v 4. justvfor the no problem to import fforeignes to displace Singporeans, these shits should be stoned as what most nations would do to the traitors.
    GCT go to fart worming your daughter new country.n not stink Singapore air.

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  • DAYLIGHT ROBBERY:

    This is pure DAYLIGHT ROBBERY!

    Leave LHL aside, even our ministers are all paid more than $1 million each. These ministers’s salaries is like 3 to 4 times more and are ranked much higher then the heads of developed countries.

    You forgot to mention that our ministers do no pay tax, whereas the western leaders pay on average 45% to 50% tax. This will make the gap even greater.
    I have no respect for our greedy leaders.

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  • 心術不正不良:

    一个心術不良不正的沒人性的狅野和一大堆的屁虫官家已l经夠国民受了。再加上一个又臭又硬的母猩猩当然心術不正也不良跟着一大,堆猩屁虫来官国库,国不垮才怪呢。
    又加上没人性的狂野耒搞乱国银,国还是国吗!

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  • Give us tis’day our daily Brad:

    木子詢:
    《李氏王國》萬世也?

    子曰:
    非也,非也。
    實為『亡國』也。

    木子泣:
    悲也,悲也。

    民則歡:
    Yay, yay, yay, yay, yay!

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