The newly established Cabinet has decided to accept a 20% salary cut from their monthly salaries, according to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Anwar made the declaration today, December 5, at a news conference following a special meeting he had with his Cabinet’s ministers this morning.
He also said that the salary cutbacks would last until the economy had completely recovered, at which point they would be reevaluated.
He thanked the ministers for their support and stated the action was taken to demonstrate the government’s care for Malaysians.
This morning at 10am, the federal ministers of the unity administration led by Pakatan Harapan (PH) met for the first time as a Cabinet.
There are 28 posts in the Cabinet, including two deputy prime ministers: Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, chair of Barisan Nasional (BN), and Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, head of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
The Cabinet’s key priority, according to Anwar, who also serves as Finance Minister, are to find ways to ease the burden on the general public and to boost the economy.
He declared that his Cabinet would concentrate on good administration and eliminating corruption and power abuse during the news conference that followed the meeting.