Ministers should cut their own wages: JBJ

November 20, 2002
Singapore Democrats

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Will it be too much to hope, with the news that the recession is cutting deeper, that the Minister will at last take a cut in their salaries to empathise with the thousands of workers who have lost their jobs or have had to take wage cuts?

Ministers do not have to take wage cuts to keep their jobs whereas workers are urged to take wage cuts just to keep earning.

I had twice before in my Parliamentary career moved for a reduction in the salaries paid to Ministers but this was simply dismissed with the answer that the cuts would not be significant enough and would not result in great savings. What the Ministers fail to see that as Ministers, they are expected to lead by example and not just preach. They do not seem to have learnt this lesson.

J. B. Jeyaretnam