Business Insider: Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong earns 12 and a half times more than Putin at a whopping $US1.7 million. Loong’s salary is large enough to pay the for the leader’s salary of India, Brazil, Italy, Russia, France, Turkey, Japan, United Kingdom, South Africa, and Germany.
(Note: what is reported excludes bonuses, which are classified as “secret” in Singapore, meaning disclosure is an offence. Bonuses could amount to many times annual salaries. Part-time jobs pay circa USD$3 an hour, cleaners you see at the beautiful first class Changi International airport are paid less than USD$1000 per month)
Political salaries have not gone up in the last three years even as the benchmark they are linked to has risen by around 3 per cent per year over the period, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean told Parliament on Tuesday.
The House had, in 2012, endorsed recommendations from an independent committee to link ministerial salaries to the median income of the top 1,000 earners who are Singaporean citizens, with a 40 per cent discount to reflect the ethos of political service.
Most high income earners worked very hard to get to where they are. They take nail-biting business risks. Many got themselves bankrupted in the process. Failures are never reported, only success stories. Those who get there may have taken all their life, denying themselves little pleasures during the slog uphill. They are entrepreunuers, not public servants. Their raison detre is to make money. What about elected officials who are called into public office? Their mission is public service, not money making. Sadly, the lines of public service have been obliterated. For politicians, money and power is their game.
The tiny little red dot called Singapore presents a modern day case study for human failings, notably greed. Singapore politicians are so pitiful as they have not got increases for 3 years. The secret is that salaries may be increased using totally non-transparent scheme called “performance bonus”. How much has been paid using this mechanism is unknown.
Is there a limit to greed? Is there a limit for wealth grabbing at the expense of the public? Is there humility in public service? Is there no shame in taking from the poor public to enrich self? What is enough? The facts and figures speak for themselves.
Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.