Pakatan Harapan president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has questioned the rationale behind director-general of Special Affairs Department (Jasa) receiving more than RM20,000 a month in wages.
Wan Azizah told the Dewan Rakyat today that this is more than the monthly salary of the communications and multimedia minister – who heads the ministry under which Jasa is located – but who only receives a salary of RM14,907 per month.
Under the Senarai Perjawatan 2018 (Staff List 2018), Jasa’s director-general is paid up to RM20,592 a month under salary code VU7, which is more than the pay received by the communications and multimedia minister,” she said.
“Jasa has a total staff of 272 and they will be paid RM12.8 million. What is the rationale for the emolument when Jasa is merely a campaigner for Umno-BN?” Wan Azizah asked.
She further questioned the necessity for the Jasa chief to be paid more than a minister and civil servants who have worked for decades.
“They should be paid directly by (the) Umno and BN headquarters instead of money from public funds,” she added.