KUALA LUMPUR: It is not a problem to cut the allowances of ministers and politicians to support government efforts to better manage the country’s spending, says Datuk Seri Azmin Ali (pic).
The Economic Affairs Minister said it was important for the finances to be managed wisely, without leakage, abuse of power or corruption.
“If there is a need to cut, then cut. It is important to look at today’s needs to manage the country’s finances responsibly and spend wisely.
“The government is focusing on combating corruption, abuse of power and how to better manage the country’s development to benefit the people, ” he told a press conference after visiting several houses hit by soil movement at Taman Kelab Ukay, Ampang, yesterday.
Azmin said corruption and abuse of power by the previous administration had left a bitter experience for the current government and impacted the economy as well as the people.
He said this when asked to comment on a proposal by Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman to the government to cut the allowances of politicians and ministers.
This came following the announcement to cut the Critical Service Incentive Payment from next year, which resulted in a public outcry.
The Public Service Department in a circular dated Dec 20 stated that the payment for civil servants in 33 critical services scheme would be abolished for new appointments from Jan 1.
However, Syed Saddiq said
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had agreed to postpone the move, and that a decision would only be made after the
first Cabinet meeting in January. — Bernama
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