"I'm going to emigrate and run for office in Singapore," the official said on condition he be identified only as "a senior administration official who sits in disbelief after reading that story."The government has faced criticism from the public, the opposition and even from some members of the ruling People's Action Party for the salary hike. From Bloomberg:
Sylvia Lim, an opposition member of Parliament from the Workers' Party, cited the monthly average of S$2,100 for Singaporeans. Even among university graduates, the salaries average S$4,400 a month, she said.I'm not sure if the government is feeling the heat, but today in a surprising move, PM Lee announced that he will be a good boy and freeze his pay for the next five years and donate his pay hikes. From Channel NewsAsia:
``I would very much like to hear how each individual minister feels about taking S$2 million of taypayers' money home each year while fellow citizens struggle with rising costs and taxes,'' Lim said in Parliament.
The Prime Minister said that to make clear why he is doing this, and to give him the moral standing to defend this policy to Singaporeans, he will hold his own salary at its present level for five years.
The Government will pay him his full pay, because that is how the system must work.
But for five years, he will donate the increase in his salary from this and subsequent revisions.
Mr Lee said he does not expect other Ministers to follow.
While it is a Cabinet decision, he told Parliament, he is carrying the ultimate responsibility, not them.
So what the individual Ministers and MPs do is up to them.
Mr Lee said that he knows they already support various worthy causes.
It should not be a public ostentatious display of how generous they are, but a private matter for them to decide at their own discretion, he said.
Previously: Singapore ministers get million dollar pay hike