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Goh Chok Tong: ‘Majority’ of Singaporeans not concerned about high ministerial pay

Posted by singaporege2011 on May 3, 2011

PAP candidate for Marine Parade GRC has dismissed the issue of high ministerial stories as one which the ‘majority’ of the population were not concerned about without substantiating his claims, as usual.

Speaking to the state media after a walkabout in his constituency of Marine Parade, Mr Goh said:

“All they want (to know) is: Have we produced jobs for them, can we look after their medical care, can their medical care be affordable, can we cope with the cost of living, can we deliver good housing at affordable prices?

Though he admitted that the sensitive issue has cost the PAP “some votes”, he insisted that “by and large, the people understand.”

PAP ministers are the highest paid in the world with the Prime Minister earning more than $3 million dollars annually or more than 5 times that of U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Singapore Democratic Party has proposed benchmarking the ministerial salaries to the national median wage – instead of being pegged to the top six professions to ensure that the ministers work for the interests of ordinary citizens instead of their own pockets.

“You go and examine the pay of the chairmen, CEOs of the public-listed companies in Singapore … every CEO is earning twice the ministers’ pay, even more. CapitaLand’s (CEO) easily earns about S$10 million. Why should they come and join us in politics?”

The real reason why the PAP has to pay high salaries to attract “talents” into its ranks is that it has ceased to become a political party together and need to use monetary incentives in order to secure the loyalty its leaders unlike the opposition candidates, many of whom join politics because they are passionate to serve Singapore.

Mr Goh also took a swipe at his NSP opponents, calling them names like “Nicole Seah Party” and “No substance party”.

“Netizens call them ‘Nicole Seah Party’ but my sense is that it is a ‘No Substance Party’. They have just one attraction, the rest are just being carried along. So, am I worried? If the people in Marine Parade GRC vote for that team and I’m out, I think Singapore will be in deep trouble, as simple as that,” he said rather arrogantly.

Mr Goh should first look at his own team first before commenting on others. It has only him and the rest like new candidate Tin Pei Ling are just being carried along.


3 Responses to “Goh Chok Tong: ‘Majority’ of Singaporeans not concerned about high ministerial pay”

  1. Adrian said

    Bro you sound very desperate lah… come.
    Wha when you are out, Singapore will be in deep trouble?? Indispensable or what bro

  2. JonWee said

    It would seem to me that the PAP is solely driven by big salaries whilst the Opposition is clearly driven by a deep sense of duty and passion to contribute to the good of the people.

  3. tt said

    I think it is suicide to talk so arrogantly during election, when the vote is in the hands of the ppl! We are fed up with their self-decided high salaries, and they keep defending!On what basis if GCT saying that the majority does not care abt the high salaries? Did he conduct a nation-wide survey, or just ask a handful of his supporters?

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