The surge in the number of Covid-19 cases sees state government executive councillors and assemblymen agreeing to help by contributing out of their own pockets.

PETALING JAYA: The Johor and Penang governments today announced pay cuts for their state executive councillors and assemblymen in view of the rising Covid-19 infections and the increased costs of keeping the cases at bay.

Johor’s exco members have decided to donate three months’ salary to the state disaster fund, while Penang’s exco members say they will be giving up their June salary for the state Covid-19 fund.

Penang state assembly speaker Law Choo Kiang is joining the exco in giving up his June salary to the fund.

Meanwhile, all Penang assemblymen have agreed to take a 30% pay cut from their June salaries to be channelled to the same fund to help combat Covid-19.

This is the second time the speaker and the assemblymen are doing so after making similar sacrifices during the first lockdown last year.

The move by Johor and Penang follows similar announcements by the Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Kelantan state governments yesterday on full or partial pay cuts in aid of Covid-19 relief.

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