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Anwar tells Selangor MB to explain assemblymen’s “totally inappropriate” salary hike

November 28, 2013

BY EILEEN NG (TMI)
November 28, 2013
Latest Update: November 28, 2013 03:24 pm

Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim has again earned the wrath of de facto PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, this time over the huge increase of salaries to state leaders and assemblymen.

“The Menteri Besar has to review the quantum and he has to give a reasonable justification for the hikes,” Anwar (pic) told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.

His remarks come two weeks after his criticism of Khalid for his frugal style of government spending.

Yesterday, the Selangor State Legislative Assembly approved a salary hike for all 56 state assemblymen effective next year, with its Deputy Speaker getting the highest percentage of 373.3%.

The menteri besar’s salary would be increased from RM14,175.15 to RM29,250; state executive committee, from RM6,109.29 to RM20,250; speaker, from RM6,109.29 to RM22,500; deputy speaker, from RM3,327.50 to RM15,750; and state assemblymen from RM6,000 to RM11,250.

Anwar said the increase in the salaries of assemblymen was too much and too sudden.

He said although he agreed with raising the salaries, the quantum is “totally inappropriate”.

Anwar disagreed with Khalid’s reasoning that the increase was 75% of the allowance and salary for administrative members and state assemblymen in Sarawak.

“I don’t think we should use it as a basis. Nevertheless, Khalid has to explain to Pakatan as well as the media the reasons for the hike,” he said.

Selangor’s last salary adjustment was made in 2011.

Khalid, in his second term as Selangor MB, has been criticised in the past for being too prudent with the state’s spending and for holding back state reserves accumulated during his first term. The policy drew criticism from PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.

Last month, Anwar said Khalid should ease up on the purse strings and use the money to help the needy in the state.

“It is good to have excess funds and to spend within our means, but there are still poor people in the state, there are still youths who cannot afford to get into university, and there are people who need housing aid,” he said, adding that the people wanted efficiency and transparency, and not just excess funds. – November 28, 2013.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. najib manaukau permalink
    November 29, 2013 12:25 am

    At least that would impede those getting paid from buying Bali-style home at a fraction of its market value ! If that is all the pay they are getting so be it, even though the P.M. is seen to be paid less officially but just look at his life style. Is that the life style of someone getting paid with a salary of 18-19 thousand ringgit a month ? This is not even enough for the botok Rosmah is infecting into her face.
    All he has to do is, with a nod of his head or a stroke of his pen, he will get a hundred times more than that of his pay, also why do you think he is fighting tooth and nail to remain as P.M., for the monthly pittance he is supposed to be getting, plus making empty and false promises. Don’t be fool by the amount he is getting, just look at what the egregious Mahathir has built for himself and his family, And if you were to add up the total amount he was supposed to have being paid over the period when he was the P.M. the amount would not even have being enough to build them the houses he currently have.Not to mention the 44 billion he has put away in his foreign bank accounts.
    One thing for sure the amounts paid to the Selangor M.B. and all his ex-co members, may seem exorbitant when compared to the official pay of the cabinet ministers.At least they are amounts paid to them are opened to public scrutiny.Plus that the amounts will prevent them from being corrupted and not to mention that their salary have not being reviewed for almost more than 7 years ! Therefore don’t be penny wise and pound foolish ! All the money politics amongst the Umno warlords are not for the pittance pay they are after is the mega benefits that cabinet ministers get !

  2. Ed G permalink
    November 29, 2013 1:53 am

    Is Khalid and his government losing touch with the common people in which many of whom are struggling to make ends meet with the rising inflation and subsidy reductions? The quantum of the increase is definitely exorbitant bordering on vulgarity. And Khalid’s defiant reply of asking those who disagree with the salary increment to donate them away is totally childish to say the least. This whole self-rewarding exercise only raises the suspicion that those in the Selangor PR government has given-up on the struggles for a better Malaysia but instead begin indulge themselves with the spoils of their victory. Under such a scenario, I am beginning to wonder whether the ultimate sacrifice made by Teoh Beng Hock is worth it.

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