Pay hike for Sabah CM and reps

Pay hike for Sabah CM and reps

KOTA KINABALU - The Chief Minister will get a salary hike of RM7,875 (S$3,045) in an across-the-board increment for the state Cabinet, assistant ministers, Speaker and assemblymen.

The Assembly unanimously approved the pay hike, which will see the Chief Minister's salary go up to RM23,625. His deputy will be paid RM19,725, up from RM13,150.

State ministers and the Speaker will get RM16,335 (from RM10,890), assistant ministers and Deputy Speaker RM12,705 (from RM8,470) and assemblyman RM7,950 (from RM5,300).

Political secretaries will be paid RM5,445 from the current RM3,360.

The increments will be effective on Jan 1.

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister's Department Datuk Edward Yong, who tabled the Bill, said the increments were necessary due to the higher costs of living.

The salary increase and the state Budget 2015 were among seven Bills that were passed by the assembly yesterday.

The other Bills were the Forests (Constitution of Forest Reserves and Amendment) Enactment 2014, Electronic Government Activities Enactment (2014), Constitution of the State of Sabah (Amendment) 2014, Rubber Industry Board (Amendment) Enactment 2014, and Pensions (Yang di-Pertua Negri Sabah) (Amendment) Enactment 2014.

Earlier, PKR rep Christina Liew was ordered to leave the State Assembly when she refused to apologise for her outburst on Monday that the government was lying to smallholders.

After being told to do so by Deputy Speaker Datuk Johnny Mositun, Liew retorted that she would only apologise if the House allowed her to explain what she had said.

Liew came under fire from backbenchers who demanded she apologise to the state government.

Barisan Nasional assemblymen counter attacked by accusing Liew of cheating smallholders through her law firm.

A court decision earlier this year found her and two others liable for inducing smallholders to breach a joint-venture agreement with a state-owned company.

Liew is appealing the decision against her and two others to pay over RM500mil in damages to Borneo Samudera Sdn Bhd (BSSB), a subsidiary of state-owned Sawit Kinabalu Bhd, for unlawfully inducing the Bahagak Smallholders Scheme participants to breach their Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with BSSB.

At the start of the session yesterday, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman demanded that Liew apologised.

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