The majority agree to abolish parliamentarian's pensions

28 Sep 2023 04:58pm

SHAH ALAM - A total of 47.5 per cent of 1,448 respondents agreed with the proposal to abolish pensions for parliamentarians only.

The results of a survey by Sinar conducted on the X app from Wednesday to Thursday also found that 42.3 per cent of the respondents fully agreed to abolish the pensions of parliamentarians as well as civil servants.

The survey findings also showed that 7.2 per cent disagreed, and the remaining three per cent required further study of the proposal.

Based on Sinar's report on August 3, the proposal was brought up by Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who had argued that parliamentarians pensions were unfair when compared to civil servants who serve longer than politicians.

He clarified that it was aimed at "teaching" them to experience the hardships of life and financial constraints faced by the people who often express their concerns about the increasing cost of living.

The issue has sparked heated discussions, and some have agreed with the proposal, including former Rembau MP, Khairy Jamaluddin, economist Muhammed Abdul Khalid, and the Chairman of the The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih), Thomas Fann.

Meanwhile, social media users have provided various opinions, including giving pensions only to parliamentarians who achieve Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

"I choose to support pensions for public servants only. Perhaps some of their children will hold these positions in the future," said Santikeyme Torut.

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"Parliamentarians agree to abolish pensions, but we do not need to abolish pensions for civil sevants because they are already old and may not be able to do any work later," said Roslan Mohd Noh.