Monday, April 13, 2015
Shahrir: MPs should focus on constituents and on Najib's leadership.
He said the raise was more reason for them to fully focus all their time and energy to their constituents.
Shahrir, a former minister who is the veteran Johor Baru MP, called on his fellow MPs to justify their increased allowance and said they should not “juggle constituency work with personal business.”
“The focus should be on our constituencies and people’s welfare ... not rushing off to company board meetings and thinking of what to invest in to make more money.
“We must justify the rise in our allowance and give back more to our constituents,” he told reporters after attending a bowling contest for the disabled here yesterday.
On Friday, the Dewan Rakyat passed a Bill to raise the remuneration of MPs from RM11,000 to RM16,000.
The Government had said the increased remuneration was necessary as the duty of MPs was getting heavier in coping with the high expectations of the people.
On the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Shahrir said certain people would never be satisfied with whatever answer given by the Prime Minister “as they have already formed their own judgment.”
“It is expected of them to be unhappy with his answers. What to do? We cannot please everybody, more so when that person has already formed a judgment in his head about what he chooses to believe.
“If everybody only wants to hear what they want to hear, they will never be satisfied with whatever answer,’’ he said, commenting on reaction to Najib’s interview on TV3.
Shahrir said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had at one time believed in Najib to the extent that he supported him to become Prime Minister.
“Why does he not believe Najib’s word now?’’ asked Shahrir.