Singapore ministers and officials can look forward to a nearly 9 per cent pay rise with the economy expected to grow 4.5 per cent to 6.5 per cent this year after shrinking 2 per cent last year.
The Today newspaper reported: Salaries for political appointments --- ministers, ministers of state and parliamentary secretaries --- are estimated to be S$58.28 million, or 8.8 per cent higher than last year.
Those figures are from the 2010 budget expenditure estimates, which show the outlay on political appointments. Today spells out who they are.
Singapore has a 21-member Cabinet, according to the Cabinet website. Wikipedia's Government of Singapore page lists five senior ministers of state, four ministers of state, four senior parliamentary secretaries and two parliamentary secretaries. So the ministers, ministers of state and parliamentary secretaries number 36 in all.
The budget documents show expenditure on political appointments was S$53.5 million last year, up from S$50 million in 2008, when the economy grew 1.4 per cent, according to the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Though the expenditure increased last year, it was still less than the initial estimate of S$61.4 million.