KUALA LUMPUR: Lawmakers with positions in government-linked companies (GLC) or government-linked investment companies (GLIC) should take a 50% pay cut and the savings should be channelled to the Covid-19 Fund, suggests Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
The former deputy prime minister and Pandan MP said the prime minister, senior ministers, and deputy ministers should likewise take a 10% pay cut.
"This pay cut should be taken as corporate social responsibility and distributed to the Covid-19 fund.
"All these lawmakers have already been paid. They must lead by example," she said while debating Budget 2021 in Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 17).
Dr Wan Azizah also proposed the formation of a bipartisan Parliament special select committee to look into the policies, spending and administrative aspect related to Covid-19.
The special select committee, she added, should function until the pandemic is declared over.
She noted that there were several aspects of Budget 2021 that could be improved, including the allocation for frontliners.
"For instance, the allocation for frontliners is not comprehensive, as some had complained that the procedure to claim overtime was complicated and difficult.
"Aside from that, we should look into changing their status from contractual to permanent staff," she said.
She also suggested that families of frontliners should also get incentives.
Dr Wan Azizah, who is also the former women, family and community development minister, said the budget must ensure gender equality, including protecting gender-based violence and safety of workers.
She also welcomed the allocation of RM24mil to address mental health issues and efforts to curb violence during this period.
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