GE-13: Do you know how much members of parliament earn?

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Do you know how much your member of parliament or MP is paid each month, or even the Prime Minister's salary? Don't feel bad if you don't. We didn't either.

But when we decided to find out, we discovered that, as public servants, they are bound to the Members of Parliament Remuneration Act 1980, which details their salaries and related allowances.

So, we thought we'd share this little nugget of information with you, since it's you and us that pay their salaries. Check out the table below and tell us what you think.

Who gets what? Monthly allowance Monthly Salary Total   
Members of the Senate or Upper House RM4,112.79

Members of the House of Representatives (Lower House or Dewan Rakyat) RM6,508.59

If an MP is designated as a leader of the Opposition, he or she is entitled an additional monthly allowance RM3,846.59

This means Anwar Ibrahim is given

President of the Senate
Speaker of the House of Representatives RM6,508.59 RM14,219.92
Deputy President of the Senate RM4,112.79


Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives RM6,508.59 RM9,680
Prime Minister
Member of the administration designated as Leader of the House of Representatives

This means Najib Tun Razak is given a total of

Deputy Prime Minister
Deputy Minister
Parliamentary Secretary
If members of the administration are either a Senate member or an MP, they get additional allowances

Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives


Cabinet members shall be entitled to such pension, gratuity  as well as accident benefits

State assemblyman*
State Exco Council member**

So, what do you think? Are they paid too much, are they paid too little or are they paid what they deserve to be paid?

Let the comments begin...

*Information from Parti Sosialis Malaysia's asset declaration report (

**Information from Selangor State Government's asset declaration report

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