During the closing of his public address this evening, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has announced that all ministers including their deputies will forgo their salaries for 3 months and the savings will be channelled to the COVID-19 disaster trust fund. The pay cut will begin starting next month, in June 2021.
The cabinet ministers had made a similar move last year where it gave up two months salary in March 2020. As reported by The Edge, the two-month pay cut is estimated to be worth RM1.8 million based on the cabinet size of one Prime Minister, 32 ministers and 37 deputy ministers.
According to the Members of Parliament (Remuneration) Act 1980, a Prime Minister is entitled to a monthly salary of RM22,826.65 while the Deputy Prime Minister is entitled to draw a salary of RM18,168.15. Ministers can get a monthly salary of RM14,907.20 and their deputies are entitled to receive RM10,847.65 per month. The mentioned figures exclude allowances and other benefits.