Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who has delayed a decision to cut allowances for newly hired doctors and other professionals from “critical” civil service sectors. Photo: Reuters

Malaysian ministers’ perks under scrutiny as Mahathir delays cuts to civil service cash allowance

  • Malaysia’s government came under fire after a decision to cut allowances for newly hired civil servants such as doctors
  • Cabinet ministers were urged to lead by example, after it emerged they receive cash perks of US$6,000 a month, plus first class flights as part of a holiday allowance
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Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who has delayed a decision to cut allowances for newly hired doctors and other professionals from “critical” civil service sectors. Photo: Reuters
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.