No hike in salaries for Singapore’s million-dollar ministers

Vastavam web: Singapore government ministers were told today their salaries will stay frozen despite a recommendation for a hike, but there was little sympathy in the city-state for the world’s best-paid politicians.Ministerial salaries in the financial hub are the highest on Earth, with an entry-level minister paid Sg 1.1 million ( 830,000) and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong earning an eye-watering Sg 2.2 million.But the issue has long attracted public anger, and the government responded to criticism by slashing salaries after a review in 2012.

A nine-member committee last year carried out the first review of ministers’ salaries since the reductions, and recommended an increase of nine percent.”The government has decided not to make any changes, and to maintain the current salary structure and level,” he said.But far from being welcomed, the announcement only served to remind many Singaporeans of the sky-high compensation awarded to their public servants.Another user on the site said: “Putting it bluntly, we do not need you to tell us why no increase, there should not be any increase at all, being the highest paid cabinet.”