KUALA LUMPUR: A 10% pay rise for MPs and Senators will help them serve the people better, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. He said the proposed increase for wakil rakyat was also in line with the Government's plan to increase the allowance and pay of civil servants. Sometimes people ask for donations for unforeseen circumstances like deaths and accidents, and the MPs have to fork out their own money, he said in Parliament yesterday. Asked why he had to brief the MPs on the pay rise, Abdullah said: because they want to know why. (As reported by The Star, Wednesday April 20, 2005)
I say, 'in line with the Government's plan to increase the allowance and pay of civil servants'?
What is this?
The government, for that matter, can put anything under the sun to be 'in line' with their whatever plans.
Better to just decree, 'the government wants to increase the allowance and pay of MPs and Senators because the government wants to'.
And why did he have to brief the MPs on the pay rise?
Another pea brain statement: 'because they want to know why'.
Just imagine: the 'honorable' MPs and Senators were caught surprised with this unforeseen pay rise!
They did not know why they are receiving the pay rise and they did not know what to do with the extra money.
So, the man tells the MPs and Senators: I am giving you this pay rise so that you can 'serve the people better'.
Eh? 'Serve the people better'?
'By giving the extra money you got from the pay rise to the people when they come to you for help'.
So much on 'better service' for the citizens .