The government revenue grows, the cabinet rewards itself, the President, and and the upper echelon of the civil service with phenomenal amounts of taxpayer money, while refusing to allocate the ample pool of taxpayer money to help the destitute, preaching the evil of public welfare, which the cabinet receives without shame.
The PM pays himself S$4.23 millions annually ($11600 daily, assuming 365 work days; $16200 daily, assuming 261 work days, excluding Saturdays and Sundays). His pay is 8 times President Obama's.
The ceremonial President is paid $4.27 millions annually.
The cabinet of 21 ministers collectively pay themselves $63 millions annually. (source)
There are approximately 3000 destitute households on public assistance ($360 for a household of one, max $1150 for a household of five, monthly). The maximum annual cost of public assistance is $41.4 millions (3000x1150x12), about 66% (two thirds) of ministerial salaries. Assuming an average payout of $750, the annual public assistance cost is $27 millions (3000x750x12), about 43% of the ministerial salaries.
In other words, if we, the people of Singapore, have the power to cut the astronomical ministerial pay by 43%, we could painlessly double the assistance to the destitute.
It's the people's money, after all. And the government is the servant, not the master, of the people.
Would the people of Singapore rather see its taxes be used to relieve the plight of the poor, or to further enrich the avaricious PM, MM, SM, Ministers without portfolio (manipulating the trade union), and sundry ministers? Why don't we conduct an opinion poll?
For the economically minded, I quote Furry Brown Dog (here):
Putting Singapore’s GDP in perspective
(more data and analysis here)