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Sabah Chief Minister’s Salary Increased From RM23,595 To RM33,033 – State Assembly Passes 40% Salary Increment Bill


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It was recently revealed that the Sabah state assembly passed two Bills today (July 19) to raise the salaries of the governor, state ministers, state executives, and state elected representatives from March 1 this year.

The privy purse, entertainment allowance and regional allowance of the head of state, and the salaries of the chief minister, deputy chief minister, state Cabinet ministers, assistant ministers, state Speaker, deputy state Speaker, state MPs, and political secretaries will all increase by 40%.

According to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, the increase would cost the state government some RM5.6 million per year.



The second Bill, to increase the remuneration for the members of administration and elected representatives, will see:

  • the chief minister’s salary increase from RM23,595 to RM33,033,
  • the deputy chief ministers’ salary increase from RM20,872.50 to RM29,221.50,
  • the ministers and Speaker’s salaries increase from RM16,335 to RM22,869,
  • the deputy Speakers and deputy ministers’ salaries increase from RM12,705 to 17,787
  • state assemblymen will now get paid RM11,130, up from RM7,950 and,
  • political secretaries will now receive RM7,623, up from RM5,445.

The last time there was an amendment to the salaries was in 2015, which saw a 50% hike; before that, in 2009, salaries increased by up to 60%.

Hajiji said that the salary review started during the Barisan Nasional administrations and considered the current situation of Sabah’s vast areas and other challenges.

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He said he was aware of the negative perception but said the important thing to remember was that the state needed good policies to help its people and improve their livelihood.

“The increment is needed because we are already low compared to other states in Peninsula. So we took the initiative with the intention that our elected representatives can better attend to their constituents.”

“We cannot deny that it will create some perceptions and invite discourse, but it is more important that we have plans and policies in place to help those in need. With this increase, we can help alleviate some of the financial responsibilities,” he added.

Although the bills were passed, it was not unanimous as opposition assemblymen were against the increases as Sabahans suffered from a cost-of-living crisis.

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