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Why didn’t Pakatan tell Selangorians about payrise plan before the election?

The general election was held in May this year. Now just a mere 6 months down the road, Selangor’s holy water vendors have awarded themselves a luscious pay rise.

Did they put this in their Buku Jingga? If not the quantum, then at least the philosophy: “Oh, we’re going to be emulating Singapore in amply rewarding our politicians because we believe in merit.” Did the Pakatan candidates tell their ceramah crowd, “Oh, our strategy to curb corruption is to give Aduns humongous salaries to help alleviate the incentive of corruption”.

Did they?

In terms of GE13 popular vote, Pakatan obtained 60 percent support to the BN’s 40 percent in Selangor. This is no surprise given the wide array of Pakatan propaganda machines pumping away 24/7 in the state ever since 2008.

Would Pakatan have still gotten the same huge number of votes that they garnered – increasing their number of DUN seats from 36 to 44 – if the candidates had made known to the Selangor public what reward they had planned for themselves?

As a Selangorian, I’m not against the salary increment per se but I find that this latest maneuver smacks of the kind of duplicity which I’ve come to expect from the evangelista politicians and the English media that have been boosting their rise and rise.

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Best time for salary adjustment

The pay rise should not be done at the beginning of the 5-year term as has happened under Khalid, and nor in mid-term. Instead it might be preferable if any pay adjustment could be carried out at the end of the 5-year term before the dissolution of the state assembly.

In this way at least, the electorate will be more confident that the proposed pay scale is commensurate with the job and its responsibilities, and not a matter of favouritism and personality cultism. Or in other words, the RM22,500 is what the Speaker’s job on its own merit is worth and not the princely sum being due to DAP flexing their muscle.

Hence a pay review conducted at the end of term is, at least, open to the possibility that the enemy might conceivably reap the rewards of the act — say an Umno man benefitting from the RM22,500 Speaker’s salary.

The two-party system should be that the competition is level enough such that either side stands an even chance of winning.

Here we find that although Pakatan proclaims to promote a two-party system, this is not reflected in their deeds. In this pay increase episode, they have clearly shown how they use their incumbency.

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What check and balance?

Hannah Yeoh angkat bakul masuk sendiri tweeting: “I am a generous Speaker — offered time and even encouraged Opposition BN-UMNO assemblymen to stand up & debate”. (Oh, so that’s why her cult following believe she deserves her generous paycheque.)

But despite her loud claim that she encouraged the oppo Aduns “to stand up and debate”, Hannah Yeoh yesterday threw out a motion by Umno reps to debate Comango. And last week, Hannah’s deputy Nik Nazmi kicked out the opposition leader (Umno’s Shamsudin Lias) from the assembly and handed the Sungai Burong Adun a suspension.

Pakatan pendokong demokrasi, konon.

In fact I would even venture as to say that in almost all the aspects that I’ve observed of them, Pakatan ni sah cakap tak serupa bikin.

A two-party system implies check and balance. There is no check and balance when 90 percent of the Chinese community are such staunch supporters of one side.

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Lesson for the gullible

The above poster is a black humour advertisement but the lesson still applies. The storyboard goes like this:

The woman has had plastic surgery. Hence her beauty is artificial.

Nonetheless you can’t get away from your genes. The marriage between the handsome man and the cosmetically altered ‘beautiful’ woman produces children who don’t look like either one of their parents. The man even finds it difficult to believe that the kids are his.

But they are. They inherited their mother’s genes which the plastic surgery could not alter.

The bottomline is the end product, despite the glossy advertisement. DAP is winning the public relations war because they’re just so very sneaky.

An appropriate analogy: The wife didn’t reveal to her husband prior to their nuptials that her beauty is counterfeit. He only finds out after the children are born.

Neither did Selangor and Penang Pakatan tell voters beforehand that the Speaker would be getting a take-home pay of RM33,750 monthly. If they did, some voters might ask if the “Bersih”, saintly politicians are in it for the money or because they desire to “serve the rakyat”.

I doubt that Penang and Selangor residents will realise anytime soon how they keep getting duped. My hope is that the inhabitants of the other states akan celik mata sikit sebelum nasi menjadi bubur.

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19 thoughts on “Why didn’t Pakatan tell Selangorians about payrise plan before the election?

  1. And Selangorians together with Penangites will most probably vote them in again in the next GE…..and they will get what they deserve.

  2. This happened after sabah n sarawak pkr members left pkr. Now they are shaking in their pants. We better grab what we can before pru14.

    At the end of the day – they are here to kaut as much they can.

      1. Simple.

        Their parents had plastic surgery, and their kids haven’t had plastic surgery yet.

        That reminds of an anecdote where some beauty suggested to some professor or nobel laureate that they should get married so the kids can be as beautiful as her and as smart as him. To which the man replied, “what if the children has my looks and your brains instead?”

        Talking about genes, I’m optimistic that in the future parents can have designer children with engineered genetics. Or maybe that’s not something to be optimistic about in some ways.

  3. “alleviate the incentive of corruption”. so i guess previously ….prior to this corruption was part and parcel of the state government stand.
    Less we forget:

    1. 10-20 % kickbacks from all contractors to DAP

    2. The China Dumpster Story ….big ???? there .

    3. Big time money in illegal sand mining in Selangor ….

    and these assholes wanna talk about corruption , please lar even with their pay hike , side income will be side income that will never change.

    1. Do you think this could be a probable scenario- instead of each of them taking bribes for the individual projects, they pool all the kickbacks etc etc then divide accordingly. They then justify these kick – backs as salary increments to make it legit.

      Very clever cover up? Disguised corruption.

  4. Khalid tidak menipu pun sebab dia dengan terus terang menyatakan maksud bahawa manifesto / buku jingga bukan satu janji yang perlu ditepati.. bermakna yang perlu ditepati adalah yang tidak terdapat dalam manifesto tersebut.. majoriti rakyat selangor memang suka akan kepimpinan sebegini.. inilah keindahan demokrasi malaysia..

  5. Helen,

    Heheheheh!! So much so for your “last day at work” :)

    I do admit that I am surprised at the huge jump in pay for Selangor politicians … but …

    Several questions come to mind ;-

    1/ How much do we really expect politicians to be paid?

    I, myself, believe that anybody who stands for public office should do it for free and only live on whatever is donated to them for their use :)

    2/ Do our politicians fund some of their own programs?

    I know politicians get some state funding for some items but not everything is covered, if I am not mistaken.

    3/ What can we expect from our politicians now that they have received a pay rise?

    I would be expecting better services for the people of Selangor.

    One needs to bear in mind that Khalid Ibrahim is a wily old fox and he did not approve this pay rise for no reason nor without expecting some flak.

    1. re: “Heheheheh!! So much so for your ‘last day at work’:)”

      I know. I simply couldn’t pass over this HANNAH business. But it’s true that I shan’t be writing long political essays anymore, for the several reasons that I’ve already mentioned.

      I hope my blog can still keep going despite my need to disengage. It’s up to the readership to maintain this space as a community discussion board.

      As to your question on funding, the Pakatan S’gor Aduns are given RM1 million development expenditure which is separate from their salary and allowances.

      1. And as a fellow Selangorian, it’s heart broken when knowing the oppo win back Selangor. I’m travelling from Seremban to Hulu Langat facing trafic jams in a few places during 5th Mei GE just to vote. Knowing what I know now, I’m tempted to say to all Chinese who vote in Selangor and who voted for Pakatan “I told you so”.

        :lsarah

  6. Helen,

    When you quote, ‘The pay rise should not be done at the beginning of the 5-year term as has happened under Khalid, and nor in mid-term. Instead it might be preferable if any pay adjustment could be carried out at the end of the 5-year term before the dissolution of the state assembly’, I am in total agreement.

    However, this issue seems successfully shift all focus from Anwar Ibrahim’s 40,000 Bangladeshi phantom voters during GE13.

  7. As an observer, I think its good to pay the hardworking executive ADUNS a decent wage – not only for their time, but their dedication. Its better to pay them for their efforts instead opportunities to get contracts etc… at the side so they can supplement their income. That is how corruption breeds. Mind you, as councillors, local residents invite them to functions, ask for help for sick family members, pay medical bills etc….Look no further, how come most of the ADUN in other States including Selangor before Pakatan took over Selangor, including the former Menteri Besar can afford expensive cars, houses worth millions of ringgits and living beyond their means. Where do they get their money from? Helen,from your article, it seems you prefer corruption to thrive by underpaying the ADUNs so that they can make money at the side from contracts and as rent seekers

    1. re: “Its better to pay them for their efforts instead opportunities to get contracts etc… at the side so they can supplement their income.”

      (1) Why do Pakatan supporters choose to elect morally bankrupt individuals who have such strong desire to supplement their income through corruption? Can the oppo put up candidates who are honest and possess a strong moral fibre?

      (2) Are you saying that just because Madam Speaker will not be paid RM22,250 a month she will no longer be tempted to look for income on the side? Are supporters of the pay hike also suggesting that her predecessor (DAP’s Teng Chang Khim) who was paid RM6,100 a month must have succumbed to corruption because his pay was too little?

      re: “That is how corruption breeds.”

      Are you arguing that corruption will not breed if office holders are paid a lot? In 2000 alone, Enron’s top five executives received payments of $282.7 million. During the five-year period between 1996 and 2000, Enron paid its top five more than $500 million — see ‘Pay Madness At Enron‘ (Forbes, 22 March 2002).

      The Enron top execs were paid obscene sums in salary and perks. So how come the Enron became the byword for corruption?

      Or take Nick Leeson who caused the collapse of Barings Bank. His bonus alone in 1992 was £130,000.

      re: “Mind you, as councillors, local residents invite them to functions, ask for help for sick family members, pay medical bills etc….”

      The Selangor Aduns do not pay all of the above from their salary. They have an entirely separate constituency allocation of RM1,000,000.00 (one million ringgit) a year. This figure was made known some years ago. It could have gone up since then.

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      Aside from their basic salary, the allowances (special, housing, entertainment, travel, phone, etc) come up to RM10,800 a month.

      The Selangor reps also gave themselves a salary rise a mere two years ago in 2011.

      re: “Helen,from your article, it seems you prefer corruption to thrive by underpaying the ADUNs so that they can make money at the side from contracts and as rent seekers”

      Milton Coe, from your comment, it seems you prefer the opposition Aduns to bamboozle the rabid public (whom they’ve cultivated to hate BN with a vengeance) into believing that Pakatan reps are squeaky clean while Selangor degenerates into Darul Sampah with a pothole in every road and at the same time becoming the massage capital of the world alongside its symptoms since as triads and loansharks.

      1. Just love you Helen. Wish I can reply like you did and the frustration with this kind of guy evaporates.

  8. If BN camp wanna score brownie point now, cut their pay a bit and channel it to tabung for rakyat miskin. This is to be with rakyat who is facing tough time as prices are on the rise.

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