Parliament: Salary formula proposed by WP in 2012 would have given ministers the same pay, says DPM Teo


SINGAPORE – In the 2012 discussion on pastoral pay, the Workers’ Party had proposed a recipe which would have paid a section level clergyman a comparable yearly compensation as that suggested by an autonomous council, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

“The recommendations… are extremely near one another on a fundamental level and in quantum,” he said on Monday (Oct 1), amid a trade with WP boss Pritam Singh and Non-Constituency MP Leon Perera over pastoral pay rates.

Mr Teo included: “In fact… in the event that there were a Workers’ Party government in power today, by their very own equation, the Workers’ Party clergyman would be paid basically the equivalent as what a pastor today is paid. Mr Pritam Singh would pay himself that equivalent sum.”

Reacting prior to Mr Alex Yam (Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC), Mr Teo had noticed that in 2012, “there was union in this House on both the standards and in addition the quantum for priests’ compensations”.

That is, the recipe proposed by the WP would have brought about basically a similar aggregate yearly compensation level for a section level clergyman as that prescribed by the autonomous advisory group that had been entrusted to investigate the issue, and which issued a White Paper on it.

Be that as it may, the WP equation would have had a higher settled segment of 81 for each penny, contrasted and the White Paper’s proposition, and a littler variable part of 19 for every penny.

“This implies the WP would have paid out a higher bit of the compensation – about $880,000 out of $1.1 million, paying little mind to singular execution or national results, and regardless of whether the results were not accomplished,” Mr Teo said.

“This would have made the connection among pay and execution weaker, however both the WP’s and the White Paper’s proposition would have indicated a similar standard yearly pay.”

At the point when squeezed by Mr Perera for more data on clergymen’s rewards, Mr Teo reacted that “there was not much” about it, and that all pastors get a similar national reward and yearly factor segment.

He at that point included: “However would I be able to ask Mr Perera whether he concurs that clergymen’s pay rates ought to be aggressive, that the compensations ought to perceive the ethos of open administration and that pay rates ought to be straightforward, which is the WP’s situation in 2012?”

Mr Teo noticed that in 2012, when Parliament discussed how clerical pay rates ought to be ascertained, the WP had supported the three key standards on which the pay system is based: