Kuala Lumpur, Dec 5 — The new Cabinet has agreed to cut the monthly salary of ministers by 20%, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said today.
He said the decision reflected the concern of the Cabinet members about the problems faced by the people.
Anwar also said the salary cut would remain in effect until the country’s economy had recovered.
“If the economy recovers in three years’ time, we will review… this salary cut is appropriate, but I would like to thank them (ministers) for their willingness to make a bit of sacrifice.”
“Some people say Anwar is willing to forgo the prime minister’s salary because he is getting the finance minister’s pay. That is not correct… there is only one salary,” he said at a press conference after chairing his first Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya today.