Jokowi Ashamed by a Proposition to Increase His Salary

Desi Angriani    •    Kamis, 17 Sep 2015 23:12 WIB
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Jokowi Ashamed by a Proposition to Increase His Salary

Metrotvnews.com, Jakarta: President Joko Widodo was ashamed to hear the proposition to increase the basic salary and benefits for both the president and vice president. The idea was mentioned by PDIP Politician, Tagoer Abubakar.

"Don't be harsh, with the economy slowdown, matters of salary, benefits, I'm ashamed," said the President in the Merdeka Palace, Jalan Medan Merdeka Utara, Jakarta, Thursday (9/17/2015).

According to the president, state official is not likely to discuss the salary and benefits increase during the slowdown of the national economy. Government, he continued, should focus in working to strengthen Indonesia's economy.

"Once again, in a slowing economy like this, it is a shame if we deal with those related to salary and benefits," he stated.

About the increase of the People's Representative Council benefits, president admitted he did not know whether the Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro had agreed to the idea. "Ask the Finance Minister, I don't know yet," he said.

Tagoer proposed an increase of the president's salary, as he thinks the monthly pay of the president is not equal to his responsibility as the head of state and government. Currently, the president's salary is at around Rp62 million, while the Director of a state owned company receives Rp200 million to Rp250 million per month.

"The salary is measured by the responsibility and authority," said Tagoer, Tuesday, September 15.


(FJR)