Posted: 28 Nov 2013 11:36 AM PST
The pay hike for legislators and state executives is an important step towards real reform that could present a rare window of opportunity to bring about radical change.
Ong Eu Soon
Over the past decades, Barisan has kept the pay for legislators and state executives artificially low to deny them financial freedom. The pay hike is commensurate with the positions and responsibilities of legislators and state executives. The pay hike could effectively serve as a deterrent to lawmakers succumbing to the temptation to seek illicit or unethical means of augmenting their salaries.
Anwar Ibrahim should have the audacity to view the pay hike in a positive light and stop acting ambiguously over the pay hike issue. Anwar should realise that living off the present wage is barely living for all the legislators in the country. The current pay is just wages earned by part-timers.
Something has to be done that represents a total change in how the Legislature is run. We should ensure that the legislators and the state executives cease to be designated as part-time employees, and accept strict limitations on outside income and more stringent oversight of their potential conflicts of interest.
Posted: 28 Nov 2013 10:15 AM PST
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