The government is proposing a bill that would raise Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On’s salary by 10 percent to 269,725 patacas a month, Executive Council (ExCo) spokesman Leong Heng Teng said on Friday.
Leong told a press conference at Government House said the proposed increase, the first since 2000, was taking several factors into account, such as private market salaries, the inflation rate and financial situation of the government.
The proposed salary hike would also benefit Macau’s other principal officials, lawmakers and top Judiciary officials, whose salaries are indexed to the salary of the chief executive.
According to Leong, the increase would cost the public coffers some 17 million patacas a year.
The proposed increase must be passed by the Legislative Assembly (AL) to take effect, The Macau Post Daily pointed out.
Meanwhile, Leong also said that according to a separate bill Macau’s chief executive appointed by the central government would receive 90 percent of his future post’s salary until he takes up the position. Besides, the bill also proposes that after leaving the post, the ex-chief executive would receive 70 percent of their former post’s salary. However, the payment would cease if the ex-chief executive decides to take up a job in the private sector.
The same rule would apply to other principal officials. Moreover, the officials would receive an additional compensation amounting to 14 percent of their former salary times the number of months that they held the post. Leong pointed out that ex-principal officials are barred from seeking any employment during a two-year period after leaving their post. (macaunews)