Thousands of letters are sent to the Straits Times forum, but only the best are chosen for publication.
The letter below is one of the best I have ever read. The writer gave such compelling reasons for the civil service pay hike:
1. We need to increase civil servants' pay to have them serve with fervour and fight for our cause. Yes, and we know how hard they have been fighting for us - relieve congested roads by increasing ERP, working out the details of the annuities plan and find ways to make us work longer and harder so we don't become lazy.
2. Now that Singaporeans are faced with more problems of soaring costs and 'can barely stay afloat' we need our elite civil servants even more so we have to pay them more. So the more problems we have, the more pay our civil servants deserve to be paid.
3. Our senior civil servants who have been in the civil service the longest deserve the largest % pay hike because having been in the civil service so long, they are most likely to jump to the private sector for a new experience. Wow our senior civil servants are so good, the private sector is all out to grab them with higher pay.
This must be one of the best letters ever published by the Straits Times. Now you know why Straits Times is considered by our govt has one of the best newspapers in the world.
Pay rise for top civil servants timely
I READ with great relief the article about ministers and top civil servants getting a 4-21 per cent pay rise next month (ST, Dec 14). We can now be assured that only the most competent people will serve the country. With the rise in their remuneration, we have secured their steadfast service, as well as their continued fervour and dedication to fight for our cause. It could not be more timely. When inflation is soaring and some Singaporeans 'can barely stay afloat' (The Sunday Times, Dec 2), we need, more than ever, the best possible team of civil servants to lead us through the difficulties. We cannot afford to lose them to the private sector, and have to retain them at all costs. This is especially so as these senior civil servants have been in the public sector for so long that they are likely to seek fresh experience in the private sector. With the festive season coming, I hope that they will not forget to share the joy of receiving with the less fortunate. Therefore, I appeal to them to follow Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's lead in giving to the poor and spreading the blessings.
Agung Santoso Ongko