Malaysian parliamentarians will likely to see a salary hike next year although the quantum had yet been officially reveal.

Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim told Sin Chew Daily that Prime Minister and BN President Datuk Seri Najib Razak has agreed in principle of the hike.

Shahidan however refused to disclose the quantum of the hike rumours to be at least 50 percent of their current pay.

Shahidan Kassim

Shahidan Kassim

“Although the Prime Minister has agreed with it, the adjustment requires the Cabinet’s consent. However, it doesn’t need to be debated in Dewan Rakyat. The salary and allowance adjustments for MPs could be made in end of this year or next year,” Sin Chew Daily reported.

The minister in the prime minister department said he has not yet discussed the issue with the Opposition.

However, the government considers giving the Opposition options to accept the adjustment or keep the current rates.

Currently the allowance for MPs attending Parliament sittings is RM200 and likely to go up to RM500 and MPs will be allocated additional fund for hiring assistants.

The last salary adjustment for MPs was made in 2004 and it has not been adjusted for more than 10 years.

The Prime Minister had suggested a review for the existing allowance mechanism for MPs when tabling the 2012 Budget and the government agreed in 2011 to increase allowances involving about RM30 million.

A similar pay hike costing RM30 million proposed by the Prime Minister in 2011 was shelved due to strong opposition from the Opposition MPs.