Photo of Lee Hsien Loong from Xabryna Kek CNA

According to state media TodayOnline, the latest round of promotion will see 22 full Ministers and 9 Senior Minister of State – the highest headcount ever. The total costs amounted to S$53 million a year, based on States Times Review’s calculations.

Ministers with different portfolios will only be counted once, and the calculation is as follow:

Prime Minister – S$2.2 million
Deputy PM – S$1.87 million
Minister MR1 – S$1.76 million
Minister MR2 – S$1.54 million
Minister MR3 – S$1.32 million
Minister MR4 – S$1.1 million
Senior Minister of State – S$0.93 million
Minister of State – S$0.77 million
Mayor – S$0.66 million
Senior Parliamentary Secretary – S$0.57
Parliamentary Secretary – S$0.41

As no MR grading are declared to the public, all full ministers heading a full ministry are ranked as MR1.

Here are the workings:

PRESIDENT (S$1.54 million a year)
Tony Tan – President (S$1.54 million)

PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE (S$9.54 million a year)
Lee Hsien Loong – Prime Minister (S$2.2 million)
Teo Chee Hean – Deputy Prime Minister (S$1.87 million)
Tharman Shanmugaratnam – Deputy Prime Minister (S$1.87 million)
Chan Chun Sing – Full Minister, PMO (S$1.1 million)
Heng Chee How  – Senior Minister of State (S$1.1 million)
New* Josephine Teo– Full Minister of State (S$1.1 million)
New* Desmond Lee – Full Minister of State (S$1.1 million)

SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT (S$0.71 million a year)
Halimah Yaccob – Speaker of Parliament (S$0.55 million)
Charles Chong – Deputy Speaker of Parliament (S$0.08 million)
Seah Kian Peng – Deputy Speaker of Parliament (S$0.08 million)

DEFENCE (S$3.82 million a year)
Ng Eng Hen – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Maliki Osman – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million)
Ong Ye Kung – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million)

FOREIGN AFFAIRS (S$1.76 million a year)
Vivian Balakrishnan – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Josephine Teo – Second Minister (S$1.1 million counted under Full Minister of State in PMO)
Maliki Osman – Senior Minister of State (S$1.1 million counted under Defence)

HOME AFFAIRS (S$2.33 million a year)
K Shanmugam – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Desmond Lee – Minister of State (S$1.1 million counted under Minister of State in PMO)
Amrin Amin – Parliamentary Secretary (S$572,000)

TRADE AND INDUSTRY (S$5.02 million a year)
Lim Hng Kiang – Trade Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
S Iswaran – Industry Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
*New Koh Poh Koon – Senior Minister of State (S$935,000)
Low Yen Ling – Parliamentary Secretary (S$572,000)

FINANCE (S$2.69 million a year)
Heng Swee Keat – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Indranee Rajah – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million counted under Law)
Sim Ann – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million)

MANPOWER (S$2.53 million a year)
Lim Swee Say – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Sam Tan – Minister of State (S$0.77 million)

TRANSPORT (S$1.76 million a year)
Khaw Boon Wan – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Ng Chee Meng – Senior Minister of State (S$1.1million counted under Education Full Minister)
*New Lam Pin Min – Senior Minister of State (S$1.1 million counted under Health)

NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (S$1.76 million a year)
Lawrence Wong – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Desmond Lee – Second Minister (S$1.1 million counted under Senior Minister of State in PMO)
*New Koh Poh Koon – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million counted under Trade)

COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION (S$1.76 million a year)
Yaacob Ibrahim – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
*New Chee Hong Tat – Senior Minister of State (S$935,000 counted under Health)
Janil Puthucheary – Senior Minister of State (S$935,000 counted under Education)

ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES (S$2.69 million a year)
Masagos Zulkifli – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Amy Khor – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million)

LAW (S$2.69 million a year)
K Shanmugam – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million counted under Home Affairs)
Indranee Rajah – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million)

HEALTH (S$3.62 million a year)
Gan Kim Yong – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Amy Khor – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million counted under Environment)
*New Lam Pin Min – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million)
*New Mr Chee Hong Tat – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million)
Amrin Amin – Parliamentary Secretary

EDUCATION (S$5.02 million a year)
Ng Chee Meng – Full Minister (Schools) MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Ong Ye Kung – Full Minister (Higher Education and Skills) MR1 (S$1.76 million)
New* Janil Puthucheary – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million)
Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim – Senior Parliamentary Secretary (S$0.57 million)
Low Yen Ling – Parliamentary Secretary (counted under Trade and Industry)

SOCIAL AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT (S$1.76 million a year)
Tan Chuan-Jin – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim – Senior Parliamentary Secretary (counted under SPS Education)

CULTURE, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH (S$2.17 million a year)
Grace Fu – Minister MR1 (S$1.76 million)
Sim Ann – Senior Minister of State (S$0.93 million counted under Finance)
Baey Yam Keng – Parliamentary Secretary (S$0.41)

The above calculation includes various bonuses, according to the public service division:
Annual Salary  = Fixed (13 months) + Annual Variable Component (AVC) (typically 1 mont
h) + Individual Performance Bonus (typically 3 months
for good performance) + National Bonus (typically 3 months if targets are
met) = 20 months in a typical year.

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