Committee to review salaries of the President, Prime Minister and Political Appointment Holders

22 May 2011

On 21 May 2001, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the formation of a committee to review political salaries. We are therefore forming a Committee to Review Salaries of the President, Prime Minister and political appointment holders.

Composition of Committee

The Committee will be chaired by Mr Gerard Ee, and comprise a total of 8 members from the private sector, labour movement, and social sector:



Gerard Ee Chairman, Changi General Hospital
Chairman, National Kidney Foundation



John De Payva

President, National Trades Union Congress

Fang Ai Lian

Chairman, Charity Council
Chairman, Methodist Girls School Board of Management

Stephen Lee Ching Yen

President, Singapore National Employers Federation  

Po’ad bin Shaik Abu Bakar Mattar

Member, Council of Presidential Advisers
Member, Public Service Commission

George Quek

Founder and Chairman, Breadtalk Group Ltd
Vice President, Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan
Chairman, Xinmin Secondary School Advisory Committee

Lucien Wong

Managing Partner, Allen & Gledhill LLP
Chairman, Maritime and Port Authority

Wong Ngit Liong

Chairman, National University of Singapore Board of Trustees
Chairman & CEO, Venture Corporation Limited

Terms of Reference

The Committee’s terms of reference will be to review the basis and level of salaries for the President, Prime Minister, political appointment holders and Members of Parliament to help ensure honest and competent government.

The Committee should take into account salaries of comparable jobs in the private sector and also other reference points such as the general wage levels in .

The Committee should also take into account the following guidelines:

while the salary of the President should reflect the President’s high status as the head of state and his critical custodial role as holder of the second key, it should also take into account the fact that unlike the Prime Minister he does not have direct executive responsibilities except as they relate to his custodial role.

the salary of ministers should have a significant discount to comparable private sector salaries to signify the value and ethos of political service.


The government will base its new salaries on these recommendations.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has decided that the new salaries for political appointment holders will take effect from 21 May 2011, i.e. the date when the new government took office.

Although the salary for the President will in-principle commence from the new term of the President, the President has informed Prime Minister Lee that he will adopt the new salary from 21 May 2011.


22 MAY 2011