"If the annual salary of the Minister of Information, Communication and Arts is only $500,000, it may pose some problems when he discuss policies with media CEOs who earn millions of dollars because they need not listen to the minister's ideas and proposals, hence a reasonable payout will help to maintain a bit of dignity."
- Dr Lim Wee Kiat, PAP MP for Nee Soon GRC, 24
May 2011 in Lianhe Wanbao.Link
So they don't listen to people who are lower paid than themselves? People's worth is measured in terms of salary in the PAP? If you're lower paid, you have no dignity? Those highly paid executives won't listen to a minister because he is paid $500,000? That is silly isn't it? Even if a minister gets $50K a year, his policies will have far reaching effects so the stake holders have to be morons not to listen carefully to him.
His equating high pay to dignity give us an idea of the value system among members of the PAP - a rich person should be shown more respect than a poor person. A person higher up in the corporate hierarchy should be listened to more than a person lower in the hierarchy.
Ordinary Singaporeans listen to people who talk sense and have good ideas. They are not going to listen to a minister just because he is paid $2M a year.When Obama speaks, even billionaires listen to him even though he makes only one-fifth the pay of a Singapore minister.