THE consort of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong who dies in office will continue to receive a monthly allowance of RM4,500 throughout her lifetime.
She will also get an additional monthly allowance for car maintenance, salaries for a driver and a royal aide amounting to RM2,950.87 under the Istana Negara (Royal Allowances) (Amendment) Bill.
However, the consort could also opt to receive a lump sum car allowance of RM250,000 and a housing allowance of RM750,000, said Prime Ministers Department parliamentary secretary Datuk Noh Omar when tabling the Bill.
He said the Bill would be backdated to Nov 1, 2001.
During the debate, Datuk Mohamad Aziz (BN - Sri Gading) said the allowances and privileges of the consort should be reviewed periodically to keep up with the cost of living.
Such privileges are appropriate to show honour to the King.
Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar (PAS - Tumpat) said PAS welcomed the amendment and the need for payments to keep abreast with the times.
The Bill was passed unanimously.
The Dewan Rakyat adjourned sine die after an eight-day sitting from June 16.