The TOP 30 highest paid politicians in the world

The TOP 30 highest paid politicians in the world are all from Singapore: 1. Elected President SR Nathan - S$3.9 million. 2. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong - S$3.8 million. 3. Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew - S$3.5 million. 4. Senior Minister Goh Chok Thong - S$3.5 million. 5. Senior Minister Prof Jayakumar - S$3.2 million. 6. DPM & Home Affairs Minister Wong Kan Seng - S$2.9 million. 7. DPM & Defence Minister Teo Chee Hean - $2.9 million 8. Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo - S$2.8 million. 9. National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan - S$2.7 million. 10. PMO Miniser Lim Boon Heng - S$2.7 million. 11. Trade and Industry Minister Lim Hng Kiang - S$2.7 million. 12. PMO Minister Lim Swee Say - S$2.6 million. 13. Environment Minister & Muslim Affairs Minister Dr Yaccob Ibrahim - S$2.6 million. 14. Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan - S$2.6 million. 15. Finance Minister S Tharman - S$2.6 million. 16. Education Minister & 2nd Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen - S$2.6 million. 17. Community Development Youth and Sports Minister - Dr Vivian Balakrishnan - S$2.5 million. 18. Transport Minister & 2nd Minister for Foreign Affairs Raymond Lim Siang Kiat - S$2.5 million. 19. Law Minister & 2nd Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam - S$2.4 million. 20. Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong - S$2.2 million. 21. PMO Minister Lim Hwee Hwa - S$2.2 million 22. Acting ICA Minister - Lui Tuck Yew - S$2.0 million. 23 to 30 = Senior Ministers of State and Ministers of State - each getting between S$1.8 million to S$1.5 million. Note: 1. The above pay does not include MP allowances, pensions and other sources of income such as Directorship, Chairmnship, Advisory, Consultancy, etc to Gov-linked and gov-related organisations or foreign MNCs such as Citigroup, etc. 2. Though it is based on an estimate, the data cannot be far off the official salary scales. The above was posted in redbeanforum by Green Peas.


Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

i think the term 'politician' is a misnomer here. the 'politicians here are not politicians but jobs with employee annual assessments, pay rise, bonuses and pensions etc etc

i am thinking of setting up a company to recruit professionals to apply for these jobs.

Anonymous said...

Senior Perm Secretaries also under Salary Scale of MR4, should include them inside since their salary are higher then any foreigner politician like no.1 Donald Tsang (USD516k) and no.2 Obama (USD400k).

curse of the golden period said...

Thank you so much for posting the list.

The top 30 highest paid politicians in the world all coming from S'pore should replace the G20 leaders in providing solutions to this global economic crisis.

The pay is so obscene that even the politician ranked number 30 coming from Spore is still way ahead of those leaders from either US,UK,Germany,France,Holland,Scandinavian
countries,Japan,Australia,NZ,HK etc.

Indeed this is the PAP's golden period, and about time all S'pore citizens put an end to it with their votes.

sgcynic said...

We're number one! Oleh oleh... :(

Anonymous said...

curse of the golden period said...

"Indeed this is the PAP's golden period, and about time all S'pore citizens put an end to it with their votes."

How? Already before voting 50% walkovers at every election. Can't even exercise my vote for the past 20 years!

Anonymous said...

Hi, can i have the source of all your information please? Thanks.

Anonymous said...


Poor citizen said...

OMG, Singapore has created another world record...the top 30 highest paid politicians in the world!
These top civil servants are earning without conscience!!!
No wonder they lose touch with the ground and call us "lesser immortals".Welfare is a taboo for the needy singaporeans.Extremely sad.
Just curious what they will do with their multi-million$$$??

Disgusted said...

NO wonder we, the citizens of singapore have to pay and pay for the ERP,GST,unreasonable PUB bills,etc,etc. just to upkeep the president,(who does nothing but for show)all the ministers and the elitist servants.
It's about time singaporeans wake up and show their displeasure! Pls vote wisely in the next election.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

hi, curse of the golden period, welcome to the blog.

i must say you have a point there. spore should a T30 politician forum to rival the G20. Our T30 should have enough talent and brain power to solve the world's problems. Academically, paywise already a given, many of our T30 politicians are A grade students.

Among the T20 you will be lucky to find a couple of A grade students in them.

Our T30 should come out with their own solutions to save the world. Will definitely be a better solution.

Anonymous said...

i am a pauper and not very educated or talented and am in no position to envy our World Highest Paid Political Leaders. However, may i say that You people can be more magnanimous,let our leaders set World Records, be it fame or infamy.

What is important is that when our leaders are paid obscene salaries, the people have reasonable incomes and reasonable livings in comparison. But, as it is,many of us are slogging like ox just to survive. Wonder if our leaders are aware and understands their subject well or are they cooped up in their ivory towers with their millions(billions ?) SIN Dollars locked in vaults, unused ?

The other thing that me wonders is, are our ruling political leasders humans ? Or are they inhuman, they seem to lack humanities or simply put; inhumane.
Please pardon my poor english.

posted by silly singaporean.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

hi peeper's, welcome to the blog.

you sure got an interesting blog in Peeper's Boh Action Party.


Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

oops, let me welcome disgusted and silly singaporean and good singaporean to the blog.


Renaldi said...

Singapore police officer made a death threat to a Singaporean blogger!!!! The true face of Singapore government:

Gary: He said to me at the lift lobby 90% of the exact words - ”Mr Tan,if you walk out of here tomorrow,you might get killed.You might meet with a mysterious accident,you might disappear and nobody will know what happened to you! Mr Tan, some things and people in this country you cannot offend! Some people are above all things! You better make sure you know this! Mr Tan,we can arrange for things to happen to you.You understand or not!”

Lim Mingji said...

I am stunned beyond words.... = |

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

hi Renaldi, that' frightening. was he in uniform or how did he identify himself?

this guy is a very brave 'police officer'. i used inverted comma because i would not like to tarnish the good name of the police force. i believe our police officers are sensible people and will not behave like gangsters. we will be no different from those third world countries if this is true.

please tell me that it is not true. if true, have you report him to the MHA or to the attorney general?

ps: sorry there was a typo error on the word uniform and i have to amend it.

and welcome to the blog Lim Mingji

tiantian said...

If our politicians want high pay comparable to private sector, they will have to LEARN to take accountability for their mistakes ie: BAD govt investments, disappearing terrorist.. just like any other private CEOs do.. GET FIRED! or DEMOTED... and not just penalised the kuching kurak staff.. and get away by patting their asses!
i do not know how they live by their conscience when there are more and more cash strapped poor singaporean citizens everyday as the recession deepens..

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

hi tiantian, welcome to the blog.

this is the kindness month. so let's be kind to everyone. further we are very short political talents. we really cannot afford to fire anyone for any reasons.

actually i would want them to be paid $10m or $20m if they could just share some of the goodies with everyone. i will be very happy with a few hundred Ks. and i will bless them to have more.

Anonymous said...

We can hardly afford to feed them. As much as they know such is the case, they rob us in broad daylight in unceasing increases on every damn thing.

Anonymous said...

Talk so much for what. You ex-civil servant, not happy. Go form a new party or join opposition and take on the PAP to form next Govt. Complaint King for what. NATO.

Jhon Amstrong said...

Good article,.... i love this one, stay update yeah !!!

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

hi NATO and Jhon Armstrong,

welcome to the blog. actually writing and commenting about issues require a lot of effort. it is not easy to keep writing and talking about issues daily. otherwise every sheep would be doing it.

it is action in words!

David Tech Guy said...

Wow I wish I even knew what it feels like to make as much money as a politician. As it is my salary is still so low I cant afford to die yet alone live. its a public service they shouldn't be paid.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

hi david, welcome to the blog. singapore is a paradise for politicians. they call the shot.

Letmesay said...

Just one question, even if it is a silly one.

Do they pay income tax on this?

If Singapore wants to be first in everything, what about welfare?

I know a poor man who had to declare his adopted mother destitute for her to benefit from social welfare, 25 year ago, in Singapore. Is this still the case?

I know that I have asked more than one question but only one could be deemed silly, I hope.

Anonymous said...

You guys mock your politicians but you should try living in a third world country where the presidents are "officially" paid only $10,000 per year.

Then you will see that $3.1 million is really nothing when a corrupt president who officially makes $10,000 a year in reality makes $100 million through graft and corruption. Be careful what you wish for, you will realize what a paradise Singapore really is compared to other countries. Struggling to make ends meet? Tell that to the kids who live under the bridges in Bangladesh who can't even eat 3x a day. Coincidentally, guess how much Bangladesh PM makes a year "officially"? Then guess how much they actually make...

Better the politician who is honest about the money he is taking from you, than the one who pretends he isn't taking much money but in reality has robbed you of even the clothes on your back.

Seelan Palay said...

Strange how people always like to compare Singapore to 3rd world countries.

Seems to be a convenient excuse to avoid the fact that the ministers of 1st world countries are getting much less pay than Singapore ministers and yet not being corrupt.

Anonymous said...

All this money is spent to prevent corruption in the government?
What a laugh!

It's just to ensure the mono-party situation.
All you have to do is to turn a blind eye to the people begging discretly in the streets and encourage the grannies to continue to sell their produce in the market to set a good example to the young.

A part from the 30 millionaires paid by the people's taxes, how many other millionaires live in Singapore?

Desmond Tang said...

THESE so called politicians (actually nurtured millionaires) are not voted in by the people. They are simply invited or ushered in by the PAP Powerful People.

Anonymous said...

So now I see where are the millionaires majority in this 'great and prosperous' country.

Letmesay said...

The idea that giving them millions to prevent them from being corrupt is a false one. That would mean that all the politicians in the world who are not millionaires are corrupt.This is not true.
So Singaporeans are being tricked, into being a welfare state to its top ranking officials not to its poor.

Anonymous said...

Seriously I don't understand how they can pocket that obscene amount of pay and say that it is a deterrent for corruption when it all boils down to personal principles.

Anonymous said...

365 days a year

Below is only assumptions:
14 days of public holiday

14 days of annual leave

52 days of Sundays

52 days of Saturdays (assuming work 1/2 days) so its 26 days

assuming the minister have a minimum of $1 million salary per annum.

1million / (365-14-14-52-26) = $3861 per day

Just imagine based on the above assumptions a minister's daily wage is $3861 per day.

How much does a professional in the private sector earns a month ?
Say with more than ten years experience ? Assume $10k to $13k per mth ?

A minister will just need 2.6 - 3.4 days to earn that 10 - 13k .
Where else the professionl will have to work full 22 days to earn that 10-13k (assuming every mth 30 days deduct sat & sun ) five day work week.

Anonymous said...

You want the truth? The figures are very far from the truth. The gross income, including bonuses, particularly in year 2011, could be much much more than $10m for that year.

Wait till they are forced to disclose it in Parliament, if pushed to.

Anonymous said...

i say so what!! with what singapore have achieved so far in such a short time, i say their pay is peanuts, i would pay them double if i could. i dun see what the hell the big deal is.

Wandering Gaijin said...

How credible is your source?
Is this true information? If so, itz ridiculous salary to pay for leaders!

Anonymous said...

You forgot to add in the bonuses they get ( all kind of ridiculous bonuses) . Heard they lavish on themselves many many months of bonuses ! We need accountability and transparency!

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