The Malaysian Trades Union Congress’ Penang Division is shocked at the transport minister’s revalation that the chairman of the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) was paid a salary in the region of RM85,000 a month!
In the light of this, we wonder how much was paid to the chairmen of other bodies such as the Land Public Transport Commission (Spad) and the Electoral Commissioners.
Such inappropriate rates of pay is a complete waste of the country’s financial resources and, in the case of Mavcom, the RM1 that we pay for a flight. We think it is immoral and devoid of any justification – why, even criminal for want of a better description!
Given that a vast segment of the nation’s citizens are trapped in the vicious circle of middle and low-income pay, the MTUC Penang Division believes that such unjustified salaries, paid to a few, are but a gross injustice to the deprived working class of the nation.
The MTUC Penang Division believes that the government is under an obligation to expose the full extend of the salary and perks that was accorded to individuals who held such worthless positions of political patronage.
We are also convinced that such an exposure should also include the chiefs of government-linked companies as we believe that they too are privy to such unholy salaries and benefits while workers in such establishments are paid a pittance.
K Veeriah is the secretary of the MTUC’s Penang division.