Malaysian minimum wage to be revised based on

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  • 26 Feb 2019 12:00 AM
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Malaysia's Human Resources Ministry to Study Sectoral-based Minimum Wage

Malaysian Human Resources Ministry will look into setting minimum wage based on sectors which will take into consideration the current situation and needs of the related businesses and industries. According to Minister M Kulasegaran, the current minimum wage, set at RM1,100 from RM920 for all sectors, was too "steep" and that some businesses had to lay off their workers or close down. Kulasegaran added that the government is currently unable to provide subsidy for minimum wage as proposed in the Pakatan Harapan election manifesto. “The country’s finances are not conducive for us to realise the manifesto. But, rest assured that the manifesto is for over a period of five years, meaning that we still have time (to implement it),” he said. Pakatan Harapan, in its 14th General Election manifesto, had promised to raise the minimum wage to RM1,500. It had said that the minimum wage if not agreeable by employers, will be shared equally between the government and employer.

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