Impressive our ambassador to the US Chan Heng Chee. She knows exactly how to speak to the US audience for our sake. Since we are having ministerial pay at the top of our minds now, how much should we pay professionals like her? I think civil servants must be evaluated as professionals. Theirs is not a call to "holy orders" like the politicians. They serve as means for the politicians for our sake. We must pay them their worth and there is no conflict because unlike elected politicians they are not invested with moral authority.