President Joko Widodo has dismissed a suggestion that he receive a pay rise, calling it a “ridiculous” idea, reports said Friday.
“Don’t be ridiculous,” Joko was quoted by the Kompas daily as saying.
“I’m ashamed to talk about salaries and allowances at a time when the economy is slowing down,” he reportedly said.
The Indonesian economy grew just by 4.7 per cent year-on-year in the second quarter, the slowest pace in six years.
Some legislators from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) said the president should get a salary increase, saying that his monthly income is much lower that those of chief executives of state-run companies.
The president receives about 62.5 million rupiah (4.350 dollars) a month while chief executives of state-owned companies are paid between 200 million rupiah and 500 million rupiah a month.
“Given his responsiblities, the complexity of the problems and his work burdens as president, a salary of 300 million rupiah is suitable,” a PDI-P legislator, Trimedya Panjaitan, told TVOne.
Joko, a former furniture exporter, has assets worth 30 billion rupiah, according a wealth declaration filed to the country’s anti-corruption agency KPK last year.