Former IGP Rahim Nor receiving ‘alimentary’ allowance

19 December 2008


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From The Sun Online
By Husna Yusop

KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 18, 2008) : Former inspector-general of police Tan Sri Rahim Noor has been receiving alimentary allowance from the government, instead of a pension, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz told the Dewan Rakyat today.

The allowance followed an appeal made to the then Yang di-Pertuan Agong and was the prerogative of the Crown, he said after replying to points raised during the debate on the Pensions (Amendment) Bill.

“The alimentary allowance is based on the IGP’s last drawn salary,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby in response to a point made by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PKR-Permatang Pauh) earlier.

During the debate, the opposition members had reacted furiously when Datuk Ismail Abdul Muttalib (BN-Maran) claimed Anwar had been drawing a pension.

Anwar quickly refuted it by stating he had not been paid a single sen in pension while in prison.

At this point, M. Kulasegaran (DAP-Ipoh Barat) interjected to say that “the man who beat the former deputy prime minister was paid a pension but the victim did not receive a sen”.

Nazri corrected this perception, saying it was wrong to assume Anwar had not been paid a pension at all. He said Anwar was drawing a pension until the point his jail sentence started.

He said Anwar was also paid gratuity for his services as the former deputy prime minister soon after he was sacked by the then prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Nazri said although MPs and civil servants were eligible for a pension, their terms of services were governed by different acts of law.

“The MPs’ allowances and perks are based on the Members of Parliament (Remuneration) Act the civil servants’ salaries and perks are based on the Pensions Act,” he said.

Nazri said Anwar lost his pension because under the MPs (Remuneration) Act, a member losses his pension the moment he is jailed a year or fined RM2,000 or more.

“That’s why he lost his pension. The only way he could have got it back is if the Yang di-Pertuan Agong pardoned him,” he said.

He cited. as an example, the case of former youth and sport minister Datuk Mokhtar Hashim, who had his pension restored after he was pardoned by the King over the murder of the former speaker of the Negri Sembilan state assembly.

Nazri said Rahim’s service was governed by the provisions under the Pensions Act “which clearly disqualified him from a pension for what he had done to Anwar”.

However, there is another provision which allows for an alimentary allowance to be paid, but at the discretion of the King.

“The allowance is based on his has last drawn salary but, unlike a pension, it will not be revised each time the government revised the pension. He loses quite a bit in monetary terms,” he said,noting that since the time of the incident in 1998, the government had adjusted the pensions scheme several times.

However, Nazri said all was not lost for Anwar in terms of pension and he would not be starting from scratch again.

“Should he decide to retire now or looses at the polls some time in the future, he will be collecting a pension based on the years of service as an MP, which began in 1982. The only period which will not be factored into the calculation is the time he was in jail,” he said.

Still, he said, Anwar should feel satisfied as the pension will be based on the highest post and allowance he was drawing during his time, which was as the deputy prime minister.

Today, the Dewan Rakyat passed the amendments to four acts, namely the Pensions (Amendment) Act, Statutory and Local Authorities Pensions (Amendment) Act, Pensions Adjustment (Amendment) Act and Judges’ Remuneration (Amendment) Act.

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