Wednesday, March 16, 2011

About the President's pay...

Mar 16, 2011

PARLIAMENT has approved raising the amount set aside for President's salary from $3,376,800 to $4,267,500 in tandem with increases for political, judicial and civil service appointment holders ('President's pay approved'; last Friday).

The salary issue is an old chestnut which evokes passion among detractors and proponents. Amid the debate, one aspect has been neglected: Why is the President paid more than the Prime Minister and veteran ministers?

Tan Chak Lim

[To encourage capable people to contest the Presidential Election. As it is, our current president has been walking into his terms. Capable people don't want the job at the old salary. Maybe the new salary might get a few to think about it. The fact that it is such a fat pay package, and no one wants it, is a sign that the job is more than meets the eye.

Next dumb question from the lesser mortals, please.]

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