RAUB - PKR leaders and party adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim should respond to the views of the people that the pay hike for the Selangor Mentri Besar and his state assembymen are too high.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin also advised Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim to respond to the public opinion that the salary increment was excessive and inappropriate.
"The money is from the people and when they have voiced out their opinions like this, (PKR) as a political party and (Khalid) as a leader who is supposed to be considerate, they should respond.
"Maybe there is a basis for it but the raise should not be so huge," he said, adding there are different thoughts on the issue among Pakatan Rakyat leaders.
Muhyiddin was speaking to reporters after the presentation of the Ilham Desa awards here yesterday.
The awards, under the Rural and Regional Development Ministry, encourages innovative and creative ideas among entrepreneurs in the rural areas.
Present at the event were Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.
On the event, Muhyiddin said: "We want them (the rural community) to take new approaches to increase their income and standard of living. They cannot keep depending on old methods and must adapt to new technology."
On the appointment of ulama Mohammad Kazim Elias and Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki to the Umno supreme council, Muhyiddin said: "When someone is appointed to the supreme council, we will surely look at their background, character and profession so Umno can be seen as dynamic.
"These are influential religious figures who we believe can contribute to our struggle.
"They can provide opinions that can help us in our efforts to help the Malay and Muslim community," said Muhyiddin, who is the Umno deputy president.