In today’s newspapers, Teo Eng Dih the Director of Manpower at Ministry of Defence explained the reason why NS allowances were not raised. He said that National Service allowance and rank pay of national servicemen should not be computed as salaries, as NS is a duty and not a job.
I believe that majority of Singaporeans agree with him that NS is a duty that can only be undertaken by Singaporeans sons and agree that the allowance should not be looked upon as salaries. If we do not defend Singapore, who would right? This is what sets Singaporeans apart from the other Singapore residents and binds Singaporean men as a united family.
Likewise, this sense of duty should be transferred to our political leaders. PM Lee needs to understand that being a Prime Minister is not a job, not a profession but a duty, a duty to all Singaporeans. Since it is a heavy responsibility and a duty, PM Lee should not be paid his current S$ 2.2 million dollar salary but instead given an allowance where he can support his basic personal upkeep, accommodation, food and clothes.
If PM Lee can be one with the People, be the People and fulfill his duty to the People, he will definitely win the next elections. Afterall, being Prime Minister is a duty and not a job. The People has spoken.