I’m willing to take a pay cut, says Muhyiddin

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pay cut Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the cabinet ministers during a news conference after the first Cabinet Meeting under the new government at the Perdana Putra in Putrajaya. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 11 MARCH 2020
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the cabinet ministers during a news conference after the first Cabinet Meeting under the new government at the Perdana Putra in Putrajaya. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 11 MARCH 2020

By Norlaile Abd Rahman

PUTRAJAYA – “I am ready to take up the challenge. I want my salary to be cut, perhaps five or 10 percent,” said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin when asked if the government would consider reducing the salaries of the cabinet ministers as the current administration is bigger than the previous Cabinet under the Pakatan Harapan.

However, Muhyiddin also said that they did not discuss about that suggestion in the maiden Cabinet meeting chaired by him this morning.

Nevertheless, he believed that most of the ministers appointed by him is ready to do anything it takes to service the country.

“We did not discuss about that today, so, we won’t cross our discussion but what I can say is that we are ready to contribute whatever we can.

“Perhaps with that, we can save money,” he said.

On the bigger Cabinet size under his administration, Muhyiddin said that it is a need according to the current situation of the country.

“There is a need, for instance, the Ministry of National Unity. We had the Department of National Unity and Integration earlier, so, it was already budgeted under that department but there is a need for additional staff and such which require additional budget. Tan Sri Chief Secretary of the Government will make his consideration. If it is reasonable, additional budget will be allocated.

“We want the government to spend prudently but with the current situation, for example the relationship between the different races, it is important for us to be united again. The government will pay for the cost,” he said.

Comparing to the Pakatan Harapan government under the leadership of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad which had 27 ministers and 26 deputy ministers, Muhyiddin had appointed 32 ministers and 38 deputy ministers. Seven of the ministries have two deputies. -MalaysiaGazette

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