KUCHING: The state Cabinet, assistant ministers and assemblymen will continue to receive their remunerations, allowances and benefits during the Emergency period, said State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar.
He said this was mentioned under Section 5 and Section 6(2) of the current Emergency (Essential Powers) (Sarawak) Ordinance 2021.
“Section 5 reads ‘For so long as the Emergency is in force, members of the DUN shall until the date of dissolution be entitled to remuneration and any other allowances and benefits payable to them under any written law’.
“Section 6(2) states: ‘For so long as the Emergency is in force, the Chief Minister and members of the State Cabinet shall be entitled to remuneration and any other allowances and benefits payable to them under any written law.”
“This is in tandem with Article 64 of the Federal Constitution. Article 64 reads:
‘Parliament shall by law provide for the remuneration of members of each House’,” he said.
Asfia revealed this during a press conference at the DUN building Wednesday (Aug 4).
He pointed out that in the case of assistant ministers, although they were not members of the State Cabinet, Standing Order 90 defined that, ministers would include assistant ministers.
Recently, there was a debate by several quarters pointing out that assemblymen should not be renumerated as they had exceeded their five-year term which was supposed to end on June 6.
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) information chief, Datuk Idris Buang, who also shared his views on this, said the renumerations should continue as the term of the assemblymen was extended.
“For Sarawak DUN’s members, they are all serving on ‘extra time’ as their term as such would have expired on June 7 had it not been because of the previous Emergency which ended on Aug 1.
“Now, there is another Emergency which will end up Feb 2, next year,” he said in a statement on Sunday (Aug 1).