Sunday, July 3, 2011

Finally a former mandarin admits we are screwed by FT and high paying civil service

While PAP is on state of denial, former perm sec Ngiam Tong Dow lashes out on civil service pay practices and FT policies.

On Civil Service wage disparity
When the gap between the highest and the lowest paid is excessive, the rank and file become disgruntled. Insolence sets in. Morale goes down. The organisation, whether Government, business, or professional practice, begins its slow decline.

On FT policy
Using gross domestic product (GDP) as a proxy for performance of the Government and using this as one indicator to determine bonuses for ministers is deeply flawed. For instance, the GDP of Singapore can expand simply by importing more low-cost foreign workers – but this would be detrimental to citizens’ interests.

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