Some government officials still enjoy high salaries and privileges such as having a private office and a company car in spite of the decision of the authorities to put a halt to this trend. L’Express.mu sheds light on the exceptions to the general rule.
The authorities had previously announced that the salaries of high-ranking government officials would be reviewed. Furthermore, privileges like having big offices, cars, and drivers would not be made accessible to them. Minister Roshi Bhadain had said that the salaries would be brought down to Rs 40,000, while the highest ones would be around Rs 70,000 only. On the other hand, it seems some officials constitute exceptions to this new rule.
For instance, presidents of prestigious state-owned companies earn around Rs 500,000 per month, including remunerations. They also have a company car with a driver as well as an office of their own.
L’Express.mu reports that Kee Chong Li Kwong Wing, who is the president of the board of directors of SBM Holdings Ltd, asserts never having obtained the Rs 70,000-salary. He explains that SBM Holdings has a number of subsidiaries and he presides over several of the firms from which he obtains more remunerations. But, he does adds that he earns less than Rs 500,000. According to him, the procedures are done in all transparency, and everything will be revealed in the annual report.
Kee Chong Li Kwong Wing also says that he is the one to have lowered the chairman fees from Rs 90,000 to Rs 70,000. However, this amount varies among the different boards of SBM Holdings; for some, it is between Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000. He also justifies his need for a company car by pointing out his working hours: from 14:00 to 22:00. Furthermore, he claims needing an office to accommodate for meetings with employees.
He also brings to attention that his predecessor, Muni Krishna Reddy, would receive Rs 3 million per month as independent chairman.
Another of an apparent exception is Arjoon Suddhoo, the president of the board of directors of Air Mauritius. He explains to L’Express.mu that his remunerations and privileges were decided upon by the board of the company. He also mentions transparency.