Unlike cry baby Desmond Choo who turned on the tear spigot for maximum effect at the last PAP by-election rally at Hougang, party chairman Khaw Boon Wan resolutely admitted that the PAP is not perfect and the (present) government has its faults, but he added that he is confident the situation will improve significantly within the next 4 or 5 years. Which means those guys only started to earn their pay only after May 2011. What improvements PM contributed to the lives of Singaporeans since he ascended the throne in 2004 is an open question. His own report card after 8 years has this entry in 2011, "We're sorry we didn't get it exactly right, but I hope you will understand and bear with us because we are trying our best to fix the problems". Try harder. Add spurs.
According to the Financial Times ("PAP deploys Singapore’s ‘auntie killer’ "), the government has responded to the grumbling ground swell by slashing the salaries of top officials and sacking unpopular ministers. Lee Kuan Yew, at age 88, finally stepped down from the cabinet (but still drawing MP pay without performing MP work). The free flow of immigrants – who account for about 1.3m of Singapore’s 5.1m population – has been recalibrated. The budget in February boosted subsidies for lower-income families and included a pledge to spend S$2.4bn in “special employment credits” to help small and medium-sized businesses hire older Singaporean workers. Even NTUC is buckling by proposing to the National Wages Council (NWC) that workers be given a minimum dollar amount as an increment to their basic pay - instead of getting it as a one time payment.
"It isn’t the beginning of the end of the PAP but it’s the beginning of a new kind of politics in Singapore" (FT, 24 May 2012)