04 Jan '12, 5pm

Analysis on the pay cuts of political appointment holders: Although not mentioned by the Committee for obvious r...

Although not mentioned by the Committee for obvious reasons, the primary purpose of the ministerial pay cuts is to win back political capital after many years of consistent and increasingly strong political backlash. The PAP government must have known for some time that Singaporeans as a whole never really bought into the idea that such astronomical salaries are needed to attract talent and prevent corruption. Instead, the excessive salaries have led to a steady decline in respect for political appointment holders who are seen as self-serving and mercenary. Furthermore, the PAP government has, in recent years, found it increasingly difficult to attract good talent into its ranks despite having the most exorbitant political pay scale in the modern world.

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