Again our PM has displayed great sensitivity.
Days after ditching Mah, Raymond Lim and Wong Kan Seng, PM Lee has set up a private sector committee to “review” ministerial pay.
While I’m still of the opinion that the absolute level of ministerial pay is not really the issue, the astute PM is aware that he has to be seen to be doing something to assuage the population’s anger.
Cuts are almost certain. The only question is how much.
It can’t be 3% or 5%, that won’t work. So it’s got to be at least 15-20%.
How much will that save? If you have 15 ministers, each of whom makes $2m a year on average, 20% of $30m is $6m.
Hardly a dent in the Budget!
Yet the cut will allow PAP to convince the population that they really listened to feedback and that they have reformed.
One less area for the “opposition” to score points in future. And it will help extend the grip of the PAP for another 50 years.
Is that what “opposition” supporters really want?