TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Governor of Jakarta Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama supported the plan put forward by the Internal Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo to increase the wages of Regional Representatives Council (DPRD) members. Ahok asserted that the current wage for DPRD members is too low.
"We have to be fair, a [DPRD member] salary can't be too low. How can it be that State owned enterprises' employees has higher salary," Ahok said at the City Hall on Thursday, June 25, 2015.
In addition, Ahok also supported the notion of increasing the salary of regents, mayors, and governors. However, Ahok added that a raise in salary would mean an increase in performance. Ahok stated that the country would save more money if it increased the salary of district heads and representatives, as long as corruption stops.
Ahok worried that in the future there would be less professionals willing to become district heads if the salary is too low.