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Survey finds MRT breakdowns don’t affect PAP MPs

Survey finds MRT breakdowns don’t affect PAP MPs


It’s hard to affect you when you don’t ride it.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who know what everyday problems are, are nodding their heads.

This after a survey found that MRT breakdowns in Singapore do not affect PAP MPs.

One Singaporean, Mei Guan Xi, said: “This is so as MRT trains cannot fit PAP MPs.”

“A successful transport policy is not when everyone can afford to drive. It is when everyone, including MPs, take public transport.”

Other locals said MPs do not take public transport because they know it is not the most efficient means of getting around.

Another local, Tan Tua Lui, said: “No wonder public transport fares go up all the time.”

“It would remain more stable if it affects PAP MPs.”






S’poreans must feel the full price of ministerial salaries

S’poreans must feel the full price of ministerial salaries

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Otherwise, they won’t know what it feels like.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who have yet to experience life and some things in full, are nodding their heads in appreciation and anticipation.

This after they all felt that they must feel the full price of ministerial salaries to understand its importance in their bones.

One Singaporean, Da Xing Shui, said: “There is nothing like feeling the full price of ministerial salaries like having it credited into our bank accounts for one day and then reversing the transaction.”

“This give and take way will allow Singaporeans to understand how much is a few million dollars and what that money in the bank feels like.”

“It will be such an aphrodisiac.”

Other locals said ministerial salaries is a national security issue and people must realise its value.

Another local, Jin Zuay Lui, said: “It is good for Singaporeans to feel the full price of ministerial salaries.”

“Because sometimes we really don’t know what we are paying for.”

“More often than not, Singaporeans are severely overpaying.”







Review ministerial salaries to bring S’pore’s rates in line with other global cities

Review ministerial salaries to bring S’pore’s rates in line with other global cities


Singapore must remain competitive and not overpay.


A citizens’ review of ministerial salaries is currently under way in a move that is set to lower payouts to all ministers and MPs in Singapore Parliament, which will keep wages in line with what leaders in other countries are receiving.

Singaporeans from all walks of life, who believe in achieving an egalitarian society through active citizenry initiatives, confirmed that an islandwide review of monetary payouts to Singapore’s ruling technocrats is in the works.

This comes just two months after the ministries of National Development and Transport said in Parliament that parking prices would go up to bring Singapore’s rates in line with those of other global cities.

One Singaporean, Jia Liao Bee, said: “The salary review is meant to ‘right-price’ MPs’ and ministers’ salaries and reduce the gap between the money paid out to Singapore’s leaders and those from other countries.”

“A country like Singapore is getting increasingly easier to govern as more laws are enacted and put in place to keep everyone in check, while leaders in other countries are actually finding it harder to run their countries and are not even paid as much.”

Singaporeans said they are studying the quantum of decrease.

For example, they noted that the difference in annual salary between Singapore’s prime minister and US President Barack Obama’s salary is well over 500 percent, even as the US has a population that is more than 50 times that of Singapore.

Separately, Singaporeans pointed out that Singapore as a country has improved over the years, with amenities such as landscaped decks, electronic parking systems and lifts, making the country more easily governable.

Singaporeans also noted that the last decrease in salaries for ministers and MPs was so long ago, they could not remember if there was even such a thing, so it most likely did not happen before.

Singaporeans are also studying differentiated salaries for performing and non-performing MPs and ministers.

They said differentiated rates could help manage quality of performance, with those who do not put up enough effort having to pay back their money.







Just three unanswered questions about Ministerial Salaries

Just three unanswered questions about Ministerial Salaries

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Because there are too many questions, and too little time.

With everyone cooing and aahing and getting swell and moist about the revised ministerial salaries, New Nation will not add to the cacophony.

All we want to do, is to ask 3 humble and simple questions that everyone might have missed:

1. Take a look at this table showing the National Bonus Matrix, indicating how much bonus ministers can expect to get as part of their pay package.

This is a classic example of Disproportionate Payoff for ministers.

Look at the Green Arrow. If the poorest of the poor in Singapore makes, say, $500 a month now and happens to get a real but mere $10 increment in wages due to a fluke or whatever, that means the poorest of the poor would have achieved a 2% Real Growth Rate.

Now look at the Red Arrow. The ministers, on the other hand, will qualify for a 100 percent bonus Payout Level!

Is that easy money or what?

Is anyone going to bang on about this?

This means, regardless how many times Orchard Road or Bukit Timah floods or how many detainees escape from detention centres or the type of political faux pas ministers commit, as long as they achieve a bare minimum, they will qualify for a bonus if the numbers show it.

2. If the ministers are paid using tax payers’ money, why don’t we know exactly how much each minister gets? Why no published list of salaries? Because we have Asian Confusionist values or we cannot understand an itemised list?

3. The new system proposed is to peg the salaries of ministers to the Top 1,000 Earners, with a 40 percent discount. But is it possible for the annual rate of increment of these Top 1000 earners to be growing so fast that any salary reduction for ministers now will be meaningless in a few years time? So why no data with regards to this again? Because we Singaporeans don’t know how to read graphs?

Fair much?