The Workers’ Party (WP) MP Pritam Singh announced his gratuity for being given the title as Leader of Opposition. Pritam Singh informed that he will be receiving additional support like staff and remuneration to compensate his longer hours away from his family.
Pritam Singh shared a private moment where he and his wife discussed about his Leader of Opposition appointment. After putting his daughters to bed, Pritam Singh and wife spoke about his salary increase due to his position. While the money could have been used for their family, Mr and Mrs Pritam Singh both felt strongly that the money should be “used for a greater purpose”.
On that note, Pritam Singh publicly declared his intention to donate 50% of his Leader of Opposition salary, after taxes. This amount works out to be about $96,000 per annum. He listed how the money will be allocated:
1. To assist low-income residents in WP-held wards of Hougang SMC, Aljunied GRC and Sengkang GRC through the WP Community Fund (WPCF) and/or the WP Grassroots Committee; or
2. Community programs in the same WP wards; or
3. Charitable or worthy causes; or
4. WP specific needs.
Even though Pritam Singh will be shouldering more responsibilities and spending less time with family, it is admirable how he has decided to take it upon himself to give back even more to the Singaporeans by generously donating 50% of his salary.