PETALING JAYA: Former minister Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim says MPs who miss Dewan Rakyat sittings should have their allowances cut and be “named and shamed”.
Rais, who is a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia member, also suggested for the names of these "lazy" MPs to be published in newspapers or social media.
He was commenting on the incident on Tuesday (July 24) where Dewan Rakyat proceedings had to be delayed after a 90-minute lunch break as there were not enough MPs in the hall to meet the minimum quorum of 26.
"The best way to overcome the issue of insufficient quorum is to cut the monthly allowances of MPs based on a rate decided by the select committee," Rais tweeted on Tuesday.
Apart from their basic salary, MPs receive monthly allowances of RM5,000 for entertainment, drivers' salaries, travel and handphone bills.
They also receive an additional allowance of RM200 per day when attending parliamentary sittings.
On top of that, they receive RM150 a day when attending meetings with government agencies.