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KUALA LUMPUR – Effective Jan 1, a rise in allowance will be enjoyed by 222 members of parliament (MP).

Meanwhile, the salaries and allowances of the Dewan Rakyat Speaker and Dewan Negara Speaker will also be increased.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said allowances of MPs of the Dewan Rakyat would be increased from the equivalent grade 54 to equivalent grade Jusa C, while those of Dewan Negara MPs would be increased from equivalent grade 48 to equivalent between grade 54 and Jusa C.

“Members of parliament play an increasingly important role for the local community. They are leaders who need to lead the people in various aspects, including welfare, religion, social and education.

“In other words, their services are needed at all hours to reflect their responsibility…I propose that their allowances be raised,” he said when tabling Budget 2015, themed the ‘People Economy, at the Dewan Rakyat here today.

Nevertheless, Najib, who is also finance minister, said the government had decided to review the salary of members of the administration and a decision on the matter would be made at the appropriate time.

“This includes the prime minister, deputy prime minister, ministers and deputy ministers,” he added. – BERNAMA