Kedah state assembly votes itself a substantial pay increase

ALOR SETAR, Malaysia - Kedah State Assembly has passed a motion to increase the salaries of its elected representatives and state leaders on Thursday.

The pay hike will take effect on Jan 1, 2016.

State assemblymen get the highest pay hike of 167 per cent from RM4,112.79 (S$1,405.05) to RM11,000; followed by 129 per cent hike for the executive council members and speaker from RM6,109.29 to RM14,000; and 75 per cent pay increase for deputy speaker from RM3,993 to RM7,000.

The Mentri Besar will be getting RM22,000 from RM14,175.15, after a 55 per cent pay increase.

Ku Abd Rahman Ku Ismail (BN-Guar Cempedak) said the Members of the Administration and Members of the State Legislative Assembly (Remuneration) (Amendment) Enactment 2015 is necessary due to the increased burdens and responsibilities of the elected representatives.

The state Industry and Investment, Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Committee chairman added that the assemblymen's salaries were last reviewed 11 years ago in 2004.