A proposal for ministers to take a pay and allowance cut will not resolve the rising cost of living in the country, says Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid.
He said this in response to the recent proposal for ministers to take a pay cut as a move to show empathy towards the people of this country for their struggle in facing the challenges of the worsening economic crisis, starting with the Covid-19 pandemic followed by the implications of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
According to Bernama, Mahdzir said the issue should instead be addressed with more effective methods, such as those announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob recently.
“The Prime Minister and his team in the Cabinet have put in a lot of effort, especially ministers who are directly involved with the economy and the prices of goods like the Finance Ministry and those related to the economy, commerce, agriculture and public works.” he said.
He added that the Cabinet has been meeting twice a week to discuss ways and solutions to tackle the rising cost of living.
Among the solutions that the government has come up with were to maintain electricity tariffs and the decision not to float the market price of chicken.
Meanwhile, Mahdzir also lauded the government’s decision to maintain the price of RON95 petrol at RM2.05 per litre despite rising oil prices globally.
He then encouraged Malaysians to come forward with ideas to the government regarding how to help deal with the pressing issues of rising cost of living.
Responding to former International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz who proposed a cut in ministers’ salaries to show empathy for the people who are now struggling with the economic crisis, he said he isn’t sure whether her statement was sincere or sarcastic but urged her to meet the Prime Minister and tell him her ideas to help the people instead.
“She is a veteran, a person who should give good advice on what can be done. If she has an idea, she should meet the Prime Minister and tell him her ideas,” he said.
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