PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 – The salary hike for state government leaders and assemblymen does not seem to go down well within some segments of the Pakatan Rakyat. Even PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is not too happy about it.

He told Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim today to explain the increase, saying he found it “a bit high”.

The opposition leader’s latest attack against his own PKR colleague comes after Khalid more than doubled his own salary from RM14,175 to RM29,250 and gave a whopping 231 per cent pay hike to his state executive councillors from RM6,109 to RM20,250, amid healthy state finances in the country’s wealthiest state.

The increase is set to take effect from January 1 next year.

Datuk Seri Anwar told reporters at the Parliament lobby here that he personally told the MB that the increase is a bit high.

“Khalid has given an explanation to Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and he has to give an explanation to the media as well.”

At the Selangor state assembly yesterday, assemblymen’s monthly salaries were almost doubled from RM6,000 to RM11,250.

The Speaker’s monthly pay was more than tripled from RM6,109 to RM22,500, while the Deputy Speaker’s monthly paycheck more than quadrupled from RM3,327 to RM15,750.

Khalid reportedly said that the raises were timely due to the heavier responsibilities.

He also announced a half-month bonus for state government employees that will be issued in the middle of January.

PR retained Selangor in GE13 with a stronger majority under Khalid’s administration.

Khalid, however, has been criticised by Anwar and Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman Azmin Ali over the handling of several issues.