MALAYSIA - The news of a huge pay rise for elected representatives in Selangor has received mixed reactions.
The increment ranges from 87 per cent to 268 per cent of the current salaries.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim announced the salary hike, effective Jan 1 next year, at the Selangor legislative assembly meeting yesterday.
He said the last salary increment for state assemblymen was in 2005.
There are raised eyebrows over the salary increase, with Taman Ramal Suria, Kajang, Residents' Association chairman Hafiz Hanafi saying assemblymen only deserved the salary hike if they were doing their job.
"I have been writing various letters to Kajang assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh about an illegal dumpsite in our area, which had been operating for a few years, but no action or feedback has been received," he said.
He added that the salary increment would not mean anything if the assemblymen ignored the residents' problems.
Selangor Justice of Peace P. S. Maniam agreed and said the people in the state believed the assemblymen were elected to serve the nation and not the other way round, thus the increase was not warranted.
"I see the increase as unjustified. They already enjoy various benefits and perks which have monetary value.