What should those who serve make?
It's a hot topic in every democracy: what should those who serve in the public sector make? During the latest parliamentary session, that started on January 19, the pay MPs receive was a prominent item on the agenda of the lawmakers in the Amyotha and Phyithu Hluttaw. National MPs make 300,000 kyat a month at present. Parliament decided to award itself a payrise, though. As of April 1st National MPs will make 1 million kyat a month (approx USD 1,000). Regional MPs will be better off as well: their salary will be increased from 200,000 to 500,000 kyat a month. Parliamentarians feel that the payrises are in order because of the frequent travelling between Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw that is required. How do the salaries of Hluttaw members compare to those of others in the civil and military service? The salary of the Speaker of the House is K 3 million, that of the President K 5 million. The minumum wage for civil servants is a mere K 60.000. Teachers, soldiers and YCDC employees have to make do with salaries ranging from K 75,000 to K 81,000, which is hardly enough to pay the rent in Yangon or Mandalay.