|Did we stipulate one representative from each party?|
PAP's Michael Palmer was practically begging National Solidarity Party (NSP)'s Goh Meng Seng to play nice when latter charged that it was doubtful the present Government could meet its stated target in raising Singaporeans' real income. Palmer said it was a work in progress, "We've been consistently doing that... So I think that if Mr Goh gives us a chance, we can raise that income level."
Goh was talking about raising the real income by 5 per cent of the households in the 20th percentile. While Palmer asked for more time to look into that, his own MP allowance was hiked one year after the last General Elections in 2006.
In April 2007, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced a new set of numbers for his team. The greedy buggers wanted more padding in their bulging wallets:
President – $3,187,100 (up 24.9%),
Prime Minister – $3,091,200 (up 25.5%),
Senior Minister – $3,043,300 (up 13.5%),
Minister Mentor – $3,043,300 (up 13.5%),
Deputy Prime Minister – $2,452,500 (up 18.8%),
Minister and Senior Perm Sec – $1,593,500 (up 32.5%),
Entry Superscale Grade – $384,000 (up 3.3%),
Member of Parliament – $216,300 (up 23.2%).
Reformed Party's Kenneth Jeyaratnam, undistracted by Indranee Rajah's Little Black Dress (seems like the incumbents are pulling out all stops for this Battle Royale), claimed that the Government plagiarised its stance on productivity. In a recent speech, Goh Chok Tong "seems to be talking about exactly what I've been saying - the need to raise productivity of our workforce, rather than relying on cheap labour from abroad." Ms Rajah countered that they had the productivity and standards board that was some 30 years or more ago... before the RP came up with its recent statement."
Man, 30 odd years and they are still asking for more time. Wait, we get it. The longer they drag their complacent feet, the bigger their bank accounts get to grow.