Retirement Benefits for Government Officials

Our 7th Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir Mohd and the government of the day had set up a trust fund for the public to contribute to ease the country’s huge national debt.

The 14th General Election victory by Tun Mahathir’s alliance inspired many citizens local and abroad, who have expressed pride on social media about being part of a new Malaysia.

Hence, many Perakians willingly donated to the government’s trust fund. But I want to find out from the Perak State Government,  something concerning pensions given to retired politicians and certain serving politicians in Perak.

Perhaps the time is appropriate now, since the Government and the country is facing some serious financial situation. I should be grateful if the Perak State Government could enlighten the Ipoh Echo readers on the following:-

Is it true that our state government gives double or triple pensions to retired politicians and also serving politicians who have not attained the age of 60?

If the answer to the question is yes, then may I know whether this practice is peculiar only to Malaysia or is it practiced in any other part of the world?

Since we are now aware of the huge debts and some misappropriate practice in our past government, the Ipoh Echo readers would like to know how much the Perak State Government spends on pensions to politicians each year and what would be the financial burden on the state government if this practice is continued for another five years?

With the new state government, I believe it should be transparent. Any more clarification on this matter would be greatly appreciated.

S. Sundralingam

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