Elected MPs get S$1 a day HDB parking

HDB car park rate is usually 60 cents for 30 minutes.

Belmont Lay | June 26, 2018, 01:07 PM

Causing outrage in Singapore on a Tuesday: S$1 a day parking for elected Members of Parliament in Singapore.

How much do MPs pay?

In other words, MPs pay S$365 for an annual permit, or S$1 a day, to park at Housing & Development Board (HDB) car parks when doing constituency work and at Parliament House when on official business.

This was revealed by the Ministry of National Development (MND) on Monday, June 25, following queries about whether MPs enjoy hidden perks and if there are any concessions they receive that are not in line with Singapore's emphasis on public servants earning a clean wage.

What did MND say?

MND said in its statement: "The rate is a proportion of the prevailing HDB season parking rate since MPs do not park overnight or full day at their constituencies."

"This rate is about a third of prevailing HDB season parking rates. We will continue to review and update the parking rate regularly to keep pace with prevailing HDB parking rates."

Before 2016, the annual permit was even cheaper. It was only S$260 a year.

Non-constituency MPs and Nominated MPs are not given this permit, MND added.

How much is HDB parking for residents?

HDB parking is typically 60 cents for 30 minutes.

S$1 would cover only 50 minutes of parking.

For season parking for HDB residents' first parking lot, the monthly parking charge is S$80 for surface car parks and S$110 for sheltered car parks.

Annually, this is about S$960 to S$1,320.

How much is Parliament House parking?

Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 6pm, it costs S$1.24 per 30 minutes.

Parliament sessions are held on weekdays.

Per entry parking rates are cheaper on Sunday and public holidays.

How much does an elected MP make a month?

S$192,500 a year, or about S$16,041 a month.

There was talk that inclusive of 13th month bonus and annual variable component, it should be increased to about S$210,000 annual package.

How much do teachers pay for parking in schools?

Earlier in March, the Ministry of Education (MOE) confirmed that teachers would have to pay monthly season parking rates from Aug. 1, 2018.

The move came after MOE reviewed its car park policy for schools.

The Institute of Technical Education, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic were found to have either not imposed charges or had charges that were below the market rate.

The annual rate for parking in schools is S$720 for an uncovered lot, and S$960 for a sheltered lot.

The Public Service Division has said that public officers are required to pay car park charges at their workplace in line with the clean wage policy.

"This is to ensure there are no hidden benefits," PSD said.

What other sectors are imposing charges

The Ministry of Defence (Mindef) have imposed market rate season parking charges on six more Mindef and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) camps and bases from April 1.

They cost S$120 per month for covered car parks and S$90 per month for open-air car parks and applies to all permanent staff members, as well as contractors who require a car park lot on a regular basis.

Operationally-ready national servicemen who are going for their in-camp training and other operationally ready national service activities will continue not to be charged for parking their cars in all camp/ bases.



The revelation that MPs only pay S$365 per year caused outrage among Singaporeans: