Home News In the House Denise Phua tells Pritam Singh not to politicise the work of the...

Denise Phua tells Pritam Singh not to politicise the work of the CDCs

Ms Phua said that Mr Singh's accusation "belittles" the CDCs and their partners

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

Singapore — Denise Phua called out Workers’ Party chief Pritam Singh, after the latter questioned the relevance of the Community Development Council (CDC) and the “outrageous” salaries of mayors in Parliament.

There are currently five district mayors – Low Yen Ling (South West), Denise Phua (Central), Fahmi Aliman (South East), Alex Yam (North West) and Desmond Choo (North East).

Mayors are paid an annual salary of S$660,000, according to the White Paper on Salaries for a Capable and Committed Government published in 2012. They also receive an annual MP allowance of $192,500, not including bonuses.

Responding to Mr Singh’s comments, Ms Phua said that Mr Singh’s accusation “belittles” the CDCs and their partners.

- Advertisement -

She also explained that Mr Singh’s acceptance of the role of the Leader of Opposition was very much an exercise in trying to stay relevant: “Singaporeans too ask what the role of the Leader of Opposition in our Parliament is — under the circumstances that all nine of the elected Opposition MPs are from one single Opposition Party”.

“Do not politicise the good work of the CDCs and our partners,” Ms Phua called.

In her response, Ms Phua noted that the CDCs’ strength is their “relative agility and ability”, which helps them to respond and develop programmes in the district faster than a “bigger government machinery”.

Mr Singh clarified, saying that his comments were not meant as a personal indictment against the mayors or the programmes run by the CDCs. He suggested that perhaps these “worthy initiatives” could done by charities instead.

However, he pointed out that as the role of the CDCs were diminished over time, portioning out responsibilities to various ministries, the budget for CDCs went down as well.

Mr Singh then brought up whether it is viable for the role of the CDC mayor to be a full-time job.

Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday (Feb 24), Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh said that many Singaporeans are of the view that the salaries of Community Development Council (CDC) mayors are “outrageous”.

He added that this was mainly because they are not perceived to commensurate with the mayor’s roles and functions today. Mr Singh continued that Singaporeans are of the view that the CDCs’ functions can be carried out by other existing entities, or by ministries and statutory boards, including other organisations under the People’s Association.

“Yet others simply don’t know what the CDCs do”, he said. /TISG

Read related: Pritam Singh: Many Singaporeans feel CDC mayor salaries of S$660,000 annually are “outrageous”

Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

- Advertisement -

Praise for student who eats lunch discreetly out of respect for Muslim friends fasting

Singapore - A student has garnered praise for his sensitivity towards his Muslim friends fasting for Ramadan by eating his lunch discreetly. Syafiq Izwan Kassim, a teacher in Malaysia, took to Facebook on Wednesday (Apr 14) to share an experience with one...

Troubles not over: Leong Sze Hian ordered to pay another S$130,000 for legal costs, disbursements

Singapore— Blogger Leong Sze Hian celebrated a little too early when he thanked Singaporeans on Facebook on Apr 4 for contributing the S$133,000 he was ordered to pay by the High Court as damages to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. His legal...

Girlfriend who gets sick daily tells boyfriend with appendicitis ‘not make pathetic looking face’ because she wants a strong man

Singapore -- A boyfriend took to social media to ask girls if they were against “guys who act pathetic”. In a post on popular Facebook confessions page NUSwhispers on Thursday (Apr 15), the boyfriend wrote about his girlfriend of six years. He wrote:...
Follow us on Social Media

Send in your scoops to news@theindependent.sg 

Theindependent