Singapore

Ministers to take three-month pay cut

The Prime Minister, Cabinet ministers and other political office-holders - as well as the President - will take a three-month pay cut to show solidarity with Singaporeans in this difficult time, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said yesterday.

Mr Heng, who is also Finance Minister, said that political office-holders will take an additional two-month pay cut on top of the one-month pay cut announced at the end of last month's Budget debate, in light of the deteriorating situation caused by the coronavirus.

"The President, Speaker, and both Deputy Speakers have informed me they will join in and take a similar three-month pay cut in total," said Mr Heng, as he delivered the supplementary budget in Parliament yesterday.

"It is in times of crisis that the true character of a nation can be seen," he added. "We are all in this together, and we must all look after one another in these trying times."

Mr Heng noted that Singapore has come together in response to the coronavirus, alongside healthcare and front-line workers. These include the private sector and individuals who are providing encouragement and, crucially, complying with health advisories.

Many have also had to make difficult adjustments to their lives, such as undergoing quarantine, cancelling celebrations and putting off long-awaited plans like weddings, said Mr Heng.

The Government will stand with Singaporeans in this trying time, he added."We share the worries and anxieties of Singaporeans, and we will do our best for you. We will walk with every Singaporean, through every up and down," he said. - THE STRAITS TIMES

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