Employers must honour minimum rates or face penalty

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  • Friday, 01 Jul 2016

PUTRAJAYA: The Minimum Wages Order 2016 (MWO 2016) will be implemented from today despite complaints by employers that they are ill-prepared to do so.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot (pic) said the new minimum wage rates announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in October last year when he tabled the 2016 Budget gave employers eight months to get their house in order.

“Claims that they are not prepared because the economy is not good is also unfounded,” he said in a statement.

The minister said last year’s labour productivity indicator showed an upward trend at RM75,538 against RM73,091 in 2014, while foreign direct investment amounted to RM43.4bil in 2015.

“Employers must honour the new rates for minimum wage without any delay,” he said in response to the Malaysian Employers Federa­tion’s claim that many employers were ill-prepared to implement it as the current economic situation was not conducive for most employers.

The minimum wages are according to region, at RM1,000 per month or RM4.81 per hour for Peninsular Malaysia, and RM920 per month or RM4.42 per hour for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.

For workers paid on a piecework, tonnage, trip or commission basis, the monthly salary shall not be less than RM1,000 in Peninsular Malaysia, and RM920 in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.

The order will involve all employers in the private sector, regardless of the number of employees they have, except domestic helpers.

Riot said the Government had studied all views and recommendations submitted by the National Wages Consultative Council before setting the new rates and had taken a balanced approach where the interests of both employers and employees were looked into.

Enforcement will be carried out to ensure employers heed the order and those who flouted it would be liable to a fine and even a jail term.

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