MM Lee Kuan Yew said in 1996, when speaking on the subject of ministerial pay, “Low salaries will not attract able men who are or can be successful in their professions or business.” These thoughts were echoed again recently, when Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan pointed out that because of the current peg of ministerial pay to the top private sector earners, “A minister should be drawing $2.2 million a year or more.” Because ministers currently earn only $1.2 million per year, an adjustment will be made. However, the government of Singapore has indicated that because of Singapore’s low performance in a number of other metrics, the salaries of all citizens will be pegged to the top earners in each individual’s profession. For example, a maid currently earns only $200 per month. Therefore, quality is low, and corruption is high. By pegging all maids’ salaries in Singapore to that of the highest-paid maid, quality will increase. This pegging will work for all sectors. Cleaners at hawker centers will be pegged to cleaners at NASA. Straits Times journalists will be pegged to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists. Local television personalities will be pegged to Tom Cruise. After everyone in Singapore has their salary pegged to that of the top earner in their respective field of work, overall quality will increase. MM Lee said, “Low salaries will draw in the hypocrites.” This certainly won’t happen in Singapore.
All Singapore workers to have salaries pegged to top earners