PAP ministers turn to crowdsource fundraising campaign to supplement lowly ministerial salary

Posted on 11 March 2015

They expressed concerns about Singapore’s high cost of living catching up with their pay.


Saying how public service wages for ministers in parliament have been kept to a low of a few million dollars a year for the last few years, several PAP ministers are contemplating turning to crowdsource fundraising campaign to supplement their income.

Speaking to reporters about the ethos of sacrifice in public service on March 10, 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said ministerial contributions are the only thing that can be measured in dollars and cents: “Salary for ministers must be competitive, but it has not risen from $1.1 million a year since 2014. It should be about $1.2 million now.”

“As such, PAP ministers need to turn to other means to supplement our income.”

“Furthermore, the high cost of living in Singapore is increasingly eroding the quality of life of ministers.”

“We urge Singaporeans from all walks of life to donate to our campaign so that we can serve you better.”

At press time, Minister of State Josephine Teo is still wondering if being a minister is its own reward.


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