Pahang reps set aside politics to donate part of salaries in Covid-19 crisis

Pahang assemblymen agree to donate 10% from their salaries to help those affected by Covid-19.

PETALING JAYA: Pahang assemblymen from rival parties, Umno, PAS and DAP, have ignored party loyalties to help the rakyat face the impact of the Covid-19 crisis by agreeing to cut their monthly salaries.

In a Facebook post, PAS assemblyman for Tanjung Lumpur Rosli Abdul Jabar said he and other state assemblymen from Umno and DAP had met Pahang Menteri Besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail on this.

“Today, my friends from Umno and DAP and I visited the Pahang menteri besar’s office to state our agreement to help the rakyat in the Covid-19 situation by way of salary cuts for ADUNs (assemblymen),” he said.

“I represent eight PAS ADUNs who have agreed to cut our salaries by 10% for three months in a row. We hope that our small contribution can in some way help in efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“Thank you and congratulations also to all BN and DAP ADUNs who also agreed to cut their respective salaries for the purpose of this sincere effort.”

Today, Cabinet ministers and deputies also agreed to cut their pay for two months, with the money channelled to the government’s Covid-19 fund.

“This measure shows the government’s willingness to help those affected by Covid-19,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

The fund was launched on March 11 as part of efforts to help those affected by the pandemic. It has so far collected RM8.4 million.

When contacted by FMT, Rosli confirmed the matter and said the salary cuts will be from April to June.

He added that the meeting today was attended by BN representatives (Sungai Lembing assemblymen Sohaimi Mohamed Shah and Muadzam Shah rep Razali Kassim) and DAP was represented by Bilut assemblyman Lee Chin Cheng.

Covid-19 has claimed the lives of 23 so far, with 2,031 cases recorded.

A movement control order, effective until April 14, is being enforced to restrict the number of people moving around to control the spread of the disease.