PM appoints committee to review ministerial salaries

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has set up a committee to review the basis and level of political salaries.

A government statement released today by the Prime Minister's Office said committee will review the salaries for the President, Prime Minister and other political appointments to ensure honest and competent government.

Salaries of comparable jobs in the private sector and other reference points such as the general local wage levels will be taken into account when reviewing the salaries.

PM Lee appointed National Kidney Foundation chairman Gerard Ee to chair the committee on Saturday.

Addressing this issue of ministers' salaries in a speech during the Cabinet swearing-in ceremony at the Istana Saturday evening, Mr Lee Hsien Loong expressed "I know that Singaporeans have genuine concerns over the present salaries."

The Straits Times reported that the policy of pegging the salaries of ministers and top civil servants to top private sector pay has been in place for years but remains controversial and unpopular.

PM Lee noted that "politics is not a job or a career promotion. It is a calling to serve the larger good of Singapore."

"But ministers should also be paid properly in order that Singapore can have honest, competent leadership over the long term. I know that Singaporeans have genuine concerns over the present salaries. Hence I am appointing a committee to review the basis and level of political salaries," he said.

Click here to read his full speech.


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