EM gets no Minister’s pay: Over $3m when SM?


Why can’t the Government give a yearly remuneration history of the different grades of Ministers?

I refer to the article “ESM Goh Chok Tong reiterates he is not paid a ministerial salary” (Straits Times, Sep 18).

It states that “Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong has reiterated that he does not receive a ministerial salary.

“I shall use this opportunity to debunk public perception that I am paid a ministerial salary. ESM is merely a title with no pay,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Sept 18), two days after government website Factually debunked online claims about ministerial pay.

The former prime minister said that since retiring from Cabinet in 2011, he continues to work for Singapore and use his stature to help raise awareness and funds for different groups of disadvantaged Singaporeans.”

I would like to applaud the Minister for being the only Minister who does not get a ministerial salary.

What was his annual salary when he retired as Senior Minister in 2011? I understand that it was more than $3 million a year?

Does he get a pension now, on top of his Member of Parliament’s remuneration?

What is his total remuneration in his career since he entered politics?

As to “Stating that this is false, the website said the Prime Minister’s norm salary is set at two times that of a new minister at entry MR4 grade.

His $2.2 million annual salary includes bonuses, but he does not receive a performance bonus, as there is no one to assess his performance annually. He, however, receives the national bonus” – does it mean that the PM now is earning much less than a Senior Minister before 2012?

Leong Sze Hian

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Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.