Singapore’s Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong took to Facebook yesterday to “debunk public perception” that he’s getting a minister’s pay.
The former prime minister said his current title has, in fact, “no pay”.
Interest in ministers’ salaries has been reignited in recent weeks, with the government finally explaining how these salaries are calculated.
Last week, a government website clarified that ministers receive a monthly pay and a 13th month bonus. They also get a performance bonus (determined by the Prime Minister), and two bonuses determined by the country’s growth and unemployment rate.
The site adds that the Prime Minister’s annual salary is S$2.2 million (US$1.6 million), after bonuses.
Some citizens have in fact requested ESM Goh to contest again for the position of Prime Minister, the Straits Times reported. But Goh, who retired in 2011, said he would not “do a Mahathir” and return to the post.
He added that he now uses his status to raise funds for the disadvantaged.
ESM Goh added that unlike the late Minster Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, who threatened to get up from his grave if the county were in danger, he would let younger leaders step up and run the country.