Many suspect, a Head of State or Head of Government will receive a fantastic nominal salary. However, in fact there are also those who only receive a nominal salary that is relatively not too large when compared to the responsibilities they carry.
The following is the salary of the Head of State in southeast Asia which the MPI R & D team has collected.
1. Brunei Darussalam
Brunei Darussalam is led by the Prime Minister who is also the Sultan of the state, Hassanal Bolkiah. He has served since 1984 until now. The income he received as PM is USD1.9 million or equivalent to Rp27 billion.
The high income of the Sultan of Brunei seems to be in balance with the condition of Brunei Darussalam, one of the richest countries in the world. Quoting Okezone.com, the country’s per capita income was able to touch the figure of USD 36,607, equivalent to IDR 5.2 million. Meanwhile, its gross domestic income is USD15 billion. Brunei’s biggest source of income comes from oil and gas management.
Read: Peeking into the Extraordinary Wealth of the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah
Rodirgo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, gets a salary of USD 95 thousand or equivalent to Rp. 1.3 billion. Duterte will cut his income by 75 percent to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the Philippines. Not only the president, many high-ranking officials in the country are willing to donate some of their salaries for handling the pandemic.
Read: Duterte Donates Salary to Help Fight Covid-19
The basic salary of the Indonesian president has been regulated in Law Number 7 of 1978 concerning the financial/administrative rights of the president and vice president as well as former presidents and vice presidents of the Republic of Indonesia. In it, it is noted that the president’s income is 6 times the highest basic salary of state officials other than the president and vice president.