Tun Dr. Mahathir ought to be given a “Golden Handshake”

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad reacted to the issue of his allowance accorded to him in a privilege as the Petronas Adviser, as per raised by PKR MP for Kulim-Bandar Baru Zulkifli Nordin in Dewan Rakyat, as per reported by alternative media this morning.

He explained that he would have given service to the organisations that he still serve, like Proton, LADA and Tioman Development Authority even when there are no emoluments paid to him in any form aka pro-bono, what so ever.

By convention of regular commercial practices, even globally, the former Prime Minister ought to be given a “Golden Handshake” to recognize the contributions and illustrious service that he had given for this tanahair, as an office bearer.

The norm is that one be given at least the last drawn salaries and allowances, one month for every completed year of service.

That is RM 22,826.65 (PM’s salary) + RM 14,907.20 (Minister’s salary) + RM 6,508.59 (MP’s salary), which comes about to RM 44, 242.44 per month for every year’s service (based on current emoluments received). For the 29 years he served as Minister of Education, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Trade and Industry, Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Finance, he should be given a RM 1.283 million in one bullet payment as “golden handshake”, as practiced by many organisations in the world, in recognition of the illustrious service rendered.

If housing, entertainment and personal allowances, as per enjoyed by the serving office bearers are factored in, then the sum should be more. That is the least this nation could do for the Statesman.

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Published in: on May 9, 2008 at 14:11  Comments (13)