In an announcement by the Public Service Division (PSD) made yesterday (Nov 25), civil servants in Singapore will receive a guaranteed 0.95 month bonus along with a 13th month bonus for the year of 2016. The 0.95 month bonus consists of a mid-year bonus of 0.45 months already received and a year-end bonus of 0.5 months. 1,900 low wage civil servants will be given S$900 minimum for the year-end bonus.
Justifying the bonuses, PSD said that he Singapore economy grew by 1.1 per cent on a year-on-year basis in the third quarter this year.
“The lower AVC is in line with the lower economic growth for 2016 compared with 2015. The year-end AVC payment (including the minimum payment) was decided in consultation with the public sector unions.”
Bonuses for civil servants are paid for every year without fail even when there is a recession. The perks are met with envy from private sector employees whom many are facing retrenchment. Especially in the small-and-medium enterprises (SME), SME employees do not receive 13th month payout even when the company is doing well.
The PSD bonus is also enjoyed by government ministers on million-dollar salaries. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will alone receive a total of S$276,249 – the amount for a HDB BTO 4-room apartment, based off his S$1.7 million annual salary.
“But there are many millions of people who did not vote for Donald Trump because of the bigotry and hate that fueled his campaign rallies. They voted for him despite the hate. They voted for him out of frustration and anger-and also out of hope that he would bring change.
If we have learned nothing else from the past two years of electioneering, we should hear the message loud and clear that the American people want Washington to change. It was clear in the Democratic Primaries. It was clear in the Republican Primaries. It was clear in the campaign and it was clear on Election Day. The final results may have divided us – but the entire electorate embraced deep, fundamental reform of our economic system and our political system.
Working families across this country are deeply frustrated about an economy and a government that doesn’t work for them. Exit polling on Tuesday found that 72 percent of voters believe that, quote, “the American economy is rigged to advantage the rich and powerful.” 72 percent of ALL voters-Democrats and Republicans.1″
The above is an excerpt of Read Elizabeth Warren’s speech about working with President-elect Donald Trump. Read more here.
Singaporeans still think that all the grants, subsidies, GST rebates, upgrading, are PAP’s ‘good deeds’, enough to exchange for votes?
My God, these are your own money. PAP is just returning your own money to you in exchange for you voting them in again to let them once again dictate how they are going to spend your hard-earned money.
Money from the government – every cent of it – is from the people, and the ruling party decides what to do with the money. Our PAP, for our folks’ information, has decided time and again to spend most of it on defence, and very little on healthcare and welfare. Benevolent government? Think again.
So America just voted for Donald Trump, an anti-establishment candidate who fought solely and vehemently against the regime, which through all its newspapers, demonised Trump to bits and reduced him to nothing but a ‘racist, sexist demagogue’.
But Americans were more than that. When all opinion polls ruled in favour of Hillary, the electorate gave a stunning result – they elected Trump.
Maybe the army should be called in now, as Lee Kuan Yew suggests should happen in a ‘freak election result’ situation. But nah, in America, just protests.
But the same will not happen in Singapore, populated by docile individuals who have not half the balls to think about change. Election after election, the Singaporean voter has proven to be a sucker to little carrots like estate upgrading, GST rebates, and most recently, baby bonus and housing grants. Not to mention some SG50 fanfare with senior healthcare benefits that were recently withdrawn.
Contributed by TNE reader Deflex
Thank you PM for your unsolicited gift
But we don’t want and don’t need it
Do you realise that your gift will only
Reinforce the negative images of us
And undermine our past progress
What we want, you don’t want to give
Full equality for our males in National Service
And in all sectors of the Armed Forces
Full employment opportunities for all our
Women including the tudung-clad ones
We have waited for 50 years for equal
Treatment and equal opportunities
Do we have to wait for another 50 years?
If there has been no Malay president for
More than four decades, whose fault is it?
Is it the Malays, the People, or the PAP?
If it is so important to you
Why give SR a second term?
Why not a Malay then?
You have assumed that no Malay
Can ever be elected in an open race
But have you tried? Why not?
After winning 70% the last round,
Why the lack of confidence?
Why the haste to admit defeat?
Or maybe the gift to us is nothing more than
Political expediency to avoid a tough opponent
And to thwart the will of the people
On the day a Malay assumes the EP
Through a reserved race will be
A Day of Shame for us and for all the people
It will be a step backward for multiracialism
And meritocracy and democracy
By Ismail Kassim
And so the Constitutional Amendment to make sure an elite-based, PAP candidate wins, and probably walks over the Presidential election, was passed. And of course it was passed.