The monthly salary of a political secretary effective from Jan 1, 2004 was RM5,709.99 ( here).
So, critics and allegations that the PM receives more than RM50,000 a month is baseless. And those who all the while look up at Singapore as the most 'graft-free' nation, again they are wrong. Perhaps, Singapore is the country with the highest record of cronyism and nepotism.
Singapore Prime Minister's Salary $US2.47 million, or about six times more than the U.S. President, who currently takes home US$400,000. The monthly pay for a Singapore Member of Parliament (who does virtually nothing) is S$12,000 (US$8,600 ) per month or S$144,000 (US$103,200 ) per year and tax free.
A website about The Greed of Singapore's Rulers also reveals how the Prime Minister, his wife, his brothers, his father, his friends and 'culai' holding senior positions at leading conglomerates. The MPs too are given equal special 'seats' as board of directors in the government's most privileged companies.
Note: At age 55, Singapore Ministers collect both a salary and their full pension.
President Barak Obama: US$400,000, with US$50,000 expenses
Vice President Joe Biden: US$202,900
Cabinet Secretaries: US$157,000 - $186,600
Secretary of State (Hillary Clinton) - $186,600
United Kingdom: Prime Minister: $US279,000
Australia: Prime Minister: $US229,000
Hong Kong: Prime Minister: $US516,000
Japan: Prime Minister: $US243,000
Canada: Prime Minister: $US246,000
Germany: Prime Minister: $US303,000
France: Prime Minister: $US318,000
In addition to their inflated salaries,
the Singapore elite gets extra pay as appointed company directors!