Two-month pay cut on cabinet members, cost saving goes to Covid-19 fund

Two-month pay cut on cabinet members, cost saving goes to Covid-19 fund
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KUALA LUMPUR (March 26): 70 members of Malaysian cabinet decided to take a two-month pay cut and the savings will be channelled to the Covid-19 fund.

According to the Members of Parliament (Remuneration) Act 1980, the prime minister is entitled to a monthly salary of RM22,826.65. Meanwhile, ministers get a monthly salary of RM14,907.20 and deputy ministers receive RM10,847.65 monthly.

As such, with the size of the current cabinet of one prime minister, 32 ministers and 37 deputy ministers, the total sum of savings from the two-month paycut comes up to RM1.8 million

Note that this does not include the salary as a member of parliament and other entitled allowances.

"This move demonstrates the government's commitment to helping those affected by the Covid-19 outbreak," the prime minister's office (PMO) said in a statement today.

The Covid-19 fund was launched by the government on March 11 as part of its effort to help the people of Malaysia affected by the outbreak.

The PMO noted that as of yesterday, the amount of donation accumulated into the fund, including government grants, is RM8.49 million.

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