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Want to know how Ministers' pensions: How they're paid?
Want to know how Ministers' pensions: How they're paid?

Ministers' pensions: How they're paid

SINGAPORE - When a Cabinet minister retires, the maximum annual pension that he is entitled to would be about 10 per cent of his annual salary while he was in service.

But to qualify for the maximum pension, he must have served as an office holder for 18 years, said Mr Tan Kee Yong, secretary to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in a letter to the media yesterday. Also, Members of Parliament (MPs) elected after January 1995 are not eligible for pension.

Mr Tan's clarification on the pension issue for political office holders and MPs came in the wake of the May 7 General Election, which has seen several veteran ministers and MPs retiring before the hustings started and Cabinet ministers, Mr George Yeo and Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, due to leave office after losing the electoral contest in Aljunied GRC. The changing of guard has sparked discussion on ministers' pensions, especially in cyberspace.

Mr Tan said ministers have to serve a minimum of eight years to qualify for a pension.

Noting that the various aspects of the pension issue are a matter of public record, Mr Tan said: "A minister's pension is determined based not on his total monthly salary but only on the pensionable component of this salary at the point of retirement. This pensionable component has been frozen since 1994."

To contain pension costs, he added, all salary increases since that year have been added to the non-pensionable component of a minister's salary. "Thus over time the pensionable component has shrunk as a proportion of total monthly salary," said Mr Tan.


Do you think the government should also provide pension for other type of government jobs?

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