KUALA LUMPUR: The minimum wage increase of RM100 to RM1,200 effective Jan 1 in 57 cities and towns from RM1,100 currently is reasonable and will not cause any significant impairment to the bottom line of employers.
Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said the ministry supports the increase as it is in tandem with the higher living costs in major cities and towns and it is consonant with the rate of current inflation.
“Indeed it is an accepted reality that one cannot hire a full-time staff for a salary of below RM1,200 in many many cities and urban areas in Malaysia these days.
The move to increase minimum wages is also a calculated effort to alleviate urban poverty of both local and migrant workers.
“It will also encourage more Malaysians to stay and work in Malaysia, ” she said in a statement yesterday.
Kok said furthermore, under the principle of equality, the increase of RM100 to the wages for migrant workers is in line with keeping with international standards, primarily to avert discrimination of wages and treatment between the locals and migrant workers. — Bernama
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