Agong Is Taking A 10% Pay Cut In A Show Of Solidarity With The Rakyat

The King also decreed that the palace will not be hosting its annual Hari Raya open house this year.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V has decreed that he will be taking a 10% cut on his salary and emoluments until the end of his reign in 2021

The Malaysian Insight reports that the King, under the First Schedule in the Civil List Act, receives RM608,400 in the form of the Privy Purse as well as RM202,800 and RM243,360 in entertainment and Istana Negara royal allowances.

In a statement, Comptroller of the Royal Household Wan Ahmad Dahlan Haji Ab Aziz said that the King is doing so out of concern for the country's economic situation and wishes to join the rakyat in alleviating national debt

"His Majesty was touched and appreciates the efforts of Malaysians who have donated to the Tabung Harapan,” Wan Ahmad said in the statement released today, 11 June, according to The Star.

The King has also decreed that the palace will not be hosting its annual Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house at Istana Negara this year. Instead, the budget will be allocated for the needy.

"In conjunction with Hari Raya, His Majesty will use the funds allocated for the open house at the Palace to assist the less fortunate," Wan Ahmad added in the statement, according to The Malaysian Insight. 

Previously, Cabinet ministers of the Pakatan Harapan government also agreed to take a 10% pay cut in

As of 3pm on 11 June, the Tabung Harapan Malaysia has amassed over RM56 million worth of donations. Here's how you can contribute:

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