Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor has defended Gabungan Rakyat Sabah’s decision to propose and pass a Bill to increase the salary and remuneration for members of the administration and elected representatives.
While debating the Bill yesterday, Hajiji said the move was crucial to help members of the Cabinet and elected representatives serve their constituents better.
“We took the initiative with the intention that our elected representatives can better attend to their constituents.”
“With this increase, we can help alleviate some of the financial responsibilities of the Ministers and elected representatives,” he said.
The new enactment will see the Chief Minister’s salary increase from RM23,595 to RM33,033; the three Deputy Chief Ministers’ salaries increase from RM20,872.50 to RM29,221.50; the Ministers and Speaker’s salaries increase from RM16,335 to RM22,869; the Deputy Speakers and Deputy Ministers’ salaries increase from RM12,705 to RM17,787 while State Assemblymen will get paid RM11,130, up from RM7,950.
For the record, Sabah PH had last year proposed a Memorandum of Understanding to support Hajiji’s administration, in order to “establish bipartisan cooperation in order to achieve political stability in the state”.
But the plan fizzled out following public backlash.
Warisan President Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal had been adamant to objecting such cooperations as it do not benefit the people.