In a recent Parliamentary exchange between Workers’ Party MPs Pritam Singh (sec-gen) and Leon Perera, and PAP Deputy PM Teo Chee Hean, the head of the WP, after being unsuccessful in bringing the PAP to come clean with the people on salaries, and despite being told by the DPM that everything is ‘completely transparent’, suggested that the PAP would make for less ‘disinformation’ if it were to clearly state out the dollar value of their ministerial salaries, to put all doubt to rest.
“I would suggest to the DPM that if we put out the dollar value, the prospect of more disinformation can be reduced.”
To which DPM Teo accused Pritam Singh of being ‘slightly disingenuous’, before going on to wax lyrical about ‘falsehoods’ and for WP to ‘clarify its position on its website’, and that a ‘WP government would pay its ministers similar salaries to the PAP government’. He even retorted that the salary issue is an ‘emotional one’ that is ‘easily politicised’.
Meanwhile, the DPM himself and the PAP media in general are spreading the falsehood that WP had ‘agreed’ with the PAP’s salary system, and that the “salary numbers” of the PAP and the WP are ‘similar’, without reporting on the stark contrast between allowed variable bonuses, the amount of these bonuses, and the fact that WP was disappointed the PAP had not given Singaporeans the dollar values of their sky-high salaries.
Getting more than 2012 White Paper norm salaries
WP also revealed in the facebook post that PAP had been taking far more than the ‘norm bonus’ spelled out in the latter’s own 2012 White Paper:
Did you know that even though norm bonuses for Ministers were assumed to be 7 months in the 2012 White Paper, from 2013 to 2017, the total actual bonuses were, on average, 9.7 months?