MP defends S’pore’s clean wage system

MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC Inderjit Singh

SINGAPORE: MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC Inderjit Singh said he supports Singapore’s clean wage system, saying the principle of paying Minister’s high salaries is not a flawed one.

Criticising a Worker’s Party proposal of matching politician’s salaries to counterparts in other nations, Mr Singh said the countries mentioned by the opposition do not have clean wages for those in office, with numerous perks in place.

The perks include pensions and allowances for items like bicycles and motorcycles.

Replying to a question in parliament from opposition MP Pritam Singh on the need for high bonuses in a clean wage system, Mr Singh said: "What is not clean is if the 13.5 (month bonus) was not declared and the formula for determining that is not declared.

"Now there is a very clear formula on how a Minister can achieve a 13 or whatever bonus that he’s entitled to, based on very clear parameters and this is in fact, an excellent way of measuring performance that is very objective."

—CNA/ac