Transport Minister Orders Review of Mavcom Chief’s RM85K Salary

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Salaries of chairmen of all GLCs, government statutory bodies and commissions also to be reviewed.

The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) executive chairman is earning over RM80,000 a month as alleged in viral social media posts, Transport Minister Anthony Loke confirmed yesterday.

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(L-R) Transport Ministry Secretary-General, Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim, Transport Minister Anthony Loke, Mavcom executive chairman, General (Rtd) Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad.

Loke revealed that Mavcom executive chairman General (Rtd) Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad actually earns about RM85,000 a month – and it comes from money paid by flight passengers.

He said that this is over four times what the Prime Minister himself earns.

“That is more than what the prime minister earns. His basic salary is just about RM20,000 (a month). 

“I raised this in the Cabinet meeting this morning and the Prime Minister has directed the Chief Secretary to the Government (Tan Sri Ali Hamsa) to review all salaries – not just of the Mavcom chairman, but also chairmen of other statutory bodies and GLCs,” said Loke.

He said the Transport Ministry has no immediate plans to abolish Mavcom, which was set up in 2016.

“Mavcom is funded by passengers, not the Government.

“It received an initial funding of RM90 million from the Government, but no additional grant was given after that.

“Their estimated collection – RM1 from each passenger – is RM35mil per annum. Their operational cost is RM25mil a year,” said Loke.