Former prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad today proposed that 10% of his pension be cut to help the people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic that disrupted business and the economy worldwide.
He said it was appropriate for him to contribute as he was not affected by the movement control order that had to be practiced to curb the spread of the epidemic.
“I am willing to deduct 10% from my pension as long as it is used to reduce the burden of those who have lost income completely,” Dr Mahathir said in a statement this afternoon.
He said that every time he became prime minister, the first proposal he proposed was to cut his salary, the salary of ministers, deputy ministers and even senior government officials by 10%.
“There were no major economic problems at that time,” he said.
Mahathir is the only Malaysian politician to have held the post of prime minister twice.
His first time as prime minister was from 1981 to 2003 and for the second time was from May 10, 2018 to March 1 this year.
After defeating Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 2018 General Election and forming a coalition government with Pakatan Harapan (PH), Mahathir announced that his salaries, ministers, deputy ministers and senior government officials would be cut by 10%.
In a statement today, Mahathir said that today’s salary has increased many times from before.
“While many people lose their income at all, those who are paid in the government do not suffer from any shortage. Even in private companies there is no shortage of salaries.
“To reduce the distance between the lucky and the unlucky, cutting 10% of the survivors to give to the unsafe is appropriate,” he said.
Yesterday, Mahathir suggested that individuals with high incomes in the public and private sectors be cut by 10% to help those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
He suggested that high-income groups in the government and the private sector release 10% of their monthly salaries, which can be used to provide food and necessities to those who are unemployed or have no income.
“Shafie Apdal (former Sabah chief minister) proposed a 30% ministerial salary cut. That’s a huge amount. I think high-income groups in the government and the private sector should give up 10% of their salaries.
“It is a sacrifice and I do not think they will be affected if there is a reasonable deduction limit, say RM20,000 a month,” he said.
Mahathir said the poor were badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the movement restriction order caused many to lose their income or jobs.
11th November 2020 14:49
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