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robertec
24-03-2007, 11:09 AM
http://news.asiaone.com.sg/st/st_20070323_103521.html

A minister should be drawing S$2.2 million (almost RM4.97million) a year or more, according to benchmarks approved by Parliament in 1994 to ensure competitive salaries for a competent and honest government.

But their actual salaries have fallen to 55 per cent of the benchmark, that is S$1.2 million (RM2.7 million), and 'we have to close this gap', Mr Lee said last night.
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Top dollar for Top people. Talk about being well paid. Mind boggling.

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CS Chua
24-03-2007, 12:24 PM
I support the move to ensure that civil servants are paid equally like the private sector as long as they practise meritocracy and their productivity evaluated each year. That means, their perks and benefits are determined by their productivity. Civil servants with poor performance or under discipline should be dismissed too.

If implemented, we will probably only need about 50% of the current work force so we are actually saving money for the taxpayers.

For ministers, I disagree as all of them do not depend on their government allowances for living. They are rich businessmen in reality but clothe in politics.

firefox
24-03-2007, 12:53 PM
For ministers, I disagree as all of them do not depend on their government allowances for living. They are rich businessmen in reality but clothe in politics.

Totally agree thats why MPs from the Barisan and the Opposition canditates are clamouring and quarelling for safe seats for the coming elections, its a gold mine to be in politics and dont we know that already.

patwon
24-03-2007, 06:14 PM
politics and businesses are interlinked everybody know that.Only oppositions are real politicians fighting for the rights of rakyat.corrects?

johndee
24-03-2007, 09:29 PM
Totally agree thats why MPs from the Barisan and the Opposition canditates are clamouring and quarelling for safe seats for the coming elections, its a gold mine to be in politics and dont we know that already.It would be a surprise to me that politics is a gold mine for the Opposition. They are not going to be awarded lucrative projects or get permits from the govt (unlike the Umnoputras lke Abang Z). The Opposition had never won any GE and are not going to win in near future. But we need to put more of them in parliment to at least act as check and balance on Umno/BN.

charis14
24-03-2007, 10:25 PM
Malaysia follows a different model as far as cabinet and senior political appointees are concern. Singapore has been progressively replacing their top echelon with proven professionals, incentivising them sufficiently so that they are not tempted to switch back to the private sector. On the other hand, Malaysia's appointments are based on party gang-member support, not on professionalism. Hence, the constant practise of 'foot-in-mouth' yoga. (http://watch3r.blogspot.com/2007/03/cartoon-yoga-masters.html)

cool
24-03-2007, 10:46 PM
Do we know how much a chief inspector is paid? or police in general? He had to sacrifice his time, life and luxuries for a living. Please dont say its their job.. they are human too. An technician's salary can easily exceed a sargent's pay. Men in white standing under hot sun is paid equivalent to a factory supervisor and how are they going to feed their families...? What else, become an immediate judge la on the road. They should be paid better (like Singapore counterpart) to make them think twice before accepting bribes. (anyhow, i prefer on the spot settlement).

charis14
24-03-2007, 11:18 PM
I agree that a civil servant, living purely on honest wages, will definitely struggle financially. Renumeration should be increased.

However, the problem is that the government has been using the civil service (and some GLCs) as (a) recruitment organisations for society's rejects and (b) political supporters' club.

The result...
...These unproductive people help to compromise the productivity of the team - 'Why work so hard when my neighbour is so unproductive?'
...It amplifies the financial cost and complicates any attempt to provide increments - resulting in brain drain to the private sector
...The organisations are run as social concerns, not excellence or bottom-line oriented
...Promotion is not necessarily based on merit. As we know, mediocre leadership begets mediocrity.

So how? Since the government is unlikely to have the guts to clean up after their own mess, my guess is the government will just give slightly higher increment, with the tax-payers continued national service.