Parliamentary reform crucial, not just a salary increase

 (Also published on The Star (Online)

It’s time to look at overhauling the whole process instead of focusing on a pay hike.

How much should Malaysian Members of Parliament (MP) get paid? What would be a ‘fair’ amount of compensation? Should a comparable baseline be the salaries of MPs in other countries, top civil servants in Malaysia or senior management/CEOs in private companies in the country? Will paying our MPs more decrease the incentives for corruption? Will higher pay attract more talent into politics? Some of these questions have been discussed as a result of the pay hike for the legislators, speaker, exco and the Mentri Besar of Selangor. No doubt these questions will be raised again when the MPs’ salaries are revised in the March parliamentary sitting next year.

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