This may have skipped your attention.
The last pay hike was in 2013, when Penang Aduns reportedly received an 88 per cent rise in gross income. So another 87 per cent rise this time?
What do you think? Is this reasonable in the present economic climate when most people are forced to tighten their belts? Or does this compensate for the lack of federal constituency allocations for Pakatan reps? Maybe there are a lot of demands/requests for emergency financial assistance placed on Aduns from their constituents.
Still, I think a more modest increase would have been less controversial especially during these trying economic times.
For those who think higher salaries will make an elected rep less prone to corruption, I think it is not the quantum that matters but the level of integrity and the sense of public service.