Anwar returns Khazanah allowance, reiterates decision to forgo PM salary

PUTRAJAYA, April 26 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he will be returning the allowance he received as the chairman of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, reiterating that he does not draw a salary for the position of Prime Minister that he has held since November 2022.

Anwar, who is also Finance Minister, said he declined to accept the allowance and salary as long as the country’s economy has not fully recovered.

“Earlier, I chaired the Khazanah meeting… apparently (as) the chairman (of Khazanah) and as Prime Minister, there are allowances and I was not aware.

“After a few months, the allowance (for meetings) was deposited into my bank account, and I informed them that I would not be taking it. I had to return the Khazanah allowance and instructed them not to pay my meeting allowance,” he said after an event to handover contributions from the Maju Institute of Educational Development (MIED) here today.

In his first media conference as prime minister on Nov 24, 2022, Anwar said he would not accept a salary for the position and described it as a first step to gaining the people’s confidence in his leadership.