SINGAPORE (Aug 13): “We dare not pay ministers a good wage.” — Emeritus senior minister Goh Chok Tong, in response to a suggestion that ministers, who earn at least $1 million, should get a pay cut so that the money can help fund social support for the elderly. Goh explained that he had previously failed to convince certain individuals earning $10 million a year to give up their jobs and join politics.

Have a premium account? Sign in to continue reading.

Unlimited access to all stories from $99.9/year*

The latest reporting and analysis from business and investments to news and views on social issues.


  • Simultaneous logins across all devices
  • Instant access to past digital issues
  • Unlimited access to The Edge Malaysia
  • *For annual subscription plan only. T&Cs apply