Sarawak assemblymen paid more than peers in other states

Sarawak assemblymen paid more than peers in other states
(From left) Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Jabu Numpang, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister Najib Razak, Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, and Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister George Chan showing the 1Malaysia symbol at Serian town in Sarawak on 19 March 2011.

PETALING JAYA: Drawing a monthly salary of RM15,000 (S$5663), Sarawak assemblymen are perhaps the highest paid among all elected state representatives.

Several states had a handsome salary increase for their Yang Berhormat and office bearers after the 13th general election in 2013.

Sarawak was one of them, and the increment saw the chief minister taking home RM39,000 in monthly wages.

The Speaker is paid RM30,000 while his deputy gets RM21,000 a month.

A senior minister in Sarawak is paid RM30,000, a minister earns RM27,000 and an assistant minister's monthly pay is now RM21,000.

Perak assemblymen now earn RM6,000 each - up from RM4,112 - effective Jan 1 last year.

In December 2013, following a revision, the pay of Penang's 40 assemblymen was increased from RM4,112.79 to RM6,000 while their allowances went up from RM2,000 to RM5,500. This means they now take home a gross income of RM11,500 a month, which is an 88.13% increase from RM6,112.79 previously.

The new allowances for the assemblymen comprise RM1,500 in special allowance, RM1,500 in fixed allowance for driver, RM1,000 for transport, RM1,000 as miscellaneous allowances, and RM500 for housing.

Controversially, the Selangor assembly in November 2013 approved huge salary and allowance hikes of between 87% and 373% for its administrators.

The mentri besar was to take home RM29,250, executive councillors (RM20,250), Speaker (RM22,500) while deputy Speaker would have earned RM15,750 a month.

Following a public furore and even criticism from several PKR leaders, then-Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim reduced the pay rise for mentri besar, assembly Speaker and executive councillors but maintained the new salary of RM11,250 for assemblymen.

Last December, the Selangor assembly tabled and approved salary reductions of between 14% and 36% for the mentri besar, Speaker, deputy Speaker and executive councillor positions while the RM11,250 salary for assemblymen was maintained.

The mentri besar's salary is now RM25,000, Speaker (RM15,000), deputy Speaker (RM10,000) and executive councillors (RM15,000).

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