KOTA KINABALU, Mon: A special sitting of the Sabah State Assembly today approved the amendment on the Administrative and Legislative Assembly Members (Remuneration) 1981 Enactment which will see a pay increase of between 10 and 61 per cent for the Chief Minister, state cabinet members and assemblymen with effect from June 1.
Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister, Datuk Radin Malleh, in presenting the bill, said the salary adjustment was reasonable and in view of the increase in the cost of goods and services as well as the extra duties and responsibilities being carried out.
It is also in line with the pay increase given to members of the civil service, he said.
The last adjustment for administrative members and the Sabah State Legislative Council was made in 2000, and the review for the adjustment is most appropriate, he said during the state assembly meeting in Likas, here today.
Radin said that through the amendment, the remuneration or salary of the Chief Minister will go up from RM14,300.00 to RM15,730.00, while for the Deputy Chief Minister, it will gone up from RM12,650.00 to RM13,915.00.
As for the minister, it will move from RM9,900.00 to RM10,890.00.
The speaker’s pay, meanwhile, has increased from RM9,900.00 to RM10,890.00 while the salary of the deputy speaker’s and assistant ministers went up from RM7,700 to RM8,470.00
Radin said the salary for the 60 state legislative council members was also up from RM3,300 to RM5,300 while that of the political sercretly went up from RM3,300 to RM3,630.00.
The assembly also passed the first supplementary Supply Bill 2009 which requires an additional allocation of RM294 million.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the additional allocation of RM54.8 million was needed to take care of urgent jobs including the maintenance and repair of pipes that have become too old or broken.
These works need to be carried out in order to ensure continued supply of water to the people, he said.
The additional allocation will also cover the budget for the transfer of main water pipes involved in the expansion of roads, special schemes for oil palm small holders, repair of public facilities and emolument and operation expenditure of the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority(Sedia). — BERNAMA