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Monday December 9, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday December 9, 2013 MYT 1:53:44 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, has no objections over the salary hike for the Mentri Besar and other state elected representatives, provided they prove their worth.
He said with the increase in salaries, the rakyat would expect more from the state government and the state government would have to work harder to fulfil their election pledges on improving infrastructure and other basic necessities.
“Let’s put it this way: if the state has enough money in its coffers to increase the salaries of elected government members but fails to develop Selangor, it will be terrible.
“Just like a company, if you provide good pay (to the employees) and bring profits and dividends to the shareholders, everyone will be happy,” he told The Star.
He said the Selangor Mentri Besar and the state elected representatives must show that they deserved the big jump in their salaries and deliver their promises to his subjects – which was to continue developing Selangor into the most modern state in the country.
“Whether they want to increase or decrease their salaries, the most important thing is that they must be able to fulfil their duties to the rakyat in Selangor,” he said.
Sultan Sharafuddin was pleased that the pay hike proposal had been brought to the state assembly to be debated and tabled, saying the Mentri Besar had gone through the proper process.
The Pakatan Rakyat leadership has asked Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim to review the salary hike.
PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang have all said that while the increase in salaries was necessary, the quantum should be determined carefully.
Under the new salary structure, effective Jan 1, assemblymen will get a 87% increase, from RM6,000 to RM11,250 a month, the Speaker from RM6,109.29 to RM22,500 (268%) and the deputy Speaker from RM3,327.50 to RM15,750 (373%).
The salary of exco members will be raised by 231% from RM6,109.29 to RM20,250 while the Mentri Besar will get a pay rise of 106.4% from RM14,175 to RM29,250.
Sultan Sharafuddin also wants the state government to be aggressive in implementing more development for the people.
“Selangor cannot afford to be stagnant and must move forward. We have done so much development in the state and if we are stagnant or move backwards, it will be a shame.”
Sultan Sharafuddin also noted that Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya continued to see a steady population rise every year and said the state government must be able to address the needs of his subjects.
“The majority of the people in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya are middle class and professionals. The state government must be able to provide good education and have enough government hospitals for the people, efficient public transport and good infrastructure and be committed to reducing crime.”
On public safety and crime, Sultan Sharafuddin said he had proposed many times that more CCTVs be installed, especially at crime hotspots.
He said that the police needed the support of the people. With public safety a priority, they should not be labelled as “tak berperikemanusian” (not humane) when they act against gangsters and thugs.
On the ongoing water tussle between the federal and state governments, the Sultan said the two parties should set aside their political differences and put the interests of the rakyat first.
The Sultan had written several letters to the previous and current state governments as well as the Federal Government on the water issue.
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