Source: The Sun
Date: 1 May 2012
PETALING JAYA (May 1, 2012): The
announcement on the RM900 minimum wage for workers in Peninsular
Malaysia and RM800 for their counterparts in East Malaysia has been
viewed as a progressive a step forward for groups that have been
pursuing this cause.
They, however, hoped that this development will not be stagnant and
that reviews on the floor wage would be done from time to time to narrow
the income gap, and that the policy will be enforced properly.
Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) president Mohd Khalid Atan
said the amount announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak
on Monday night was acceptable.
“I wouldn’t say it is completely good for everybody, but it’s a start. Now we are somewhere.
“MTUC has been pressing for the minimum wage policy for years and
now, it has become a reality, so it is a step forward,” Mohd Khalid told
He also welcomed Najib’s assurance that the minimum wage will not be
stagnant and that it will be reviewed from time to time in line with the
capability, productivity and competitiveness of the country.
Mohd Khalid, however, hoped that enforcement of the policy is done smoothly, and that employers will comply with it.
The Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) in a statement said it
welcomed the government’s initiative to introduce a floor wage policy,
adding that it is a progressive step towards narrowing the income gap in
“While the floor wage policy may not satisfy all stakeholders, we believe it is a landmark policy for workers in Malaysia.
“The wage introduced by the government is a satisfactory middle
ground, in line with minimum wage suggestions of between RM600 and
RM1,200 by the MTUC,” said CPPS.
The centre, however, hoped that the floor wage will be revised
annually or bi-annually to mitigate the rise in cost of living and the
subsequent effect on poverty, and that it will not be used as an excuse
by quarters, especially the business community, to hike prices of goods
“A monitoring mechanism must be in place to ensure meaningful implementation of the policy,” it said.
Kuala Langat PKR MP Abdullah Sani Abdul Hamid told theSun that the announcement does not seem to match the increase in prices of goods at the moment.
Abdullah Sani, who sits on the Parliamentary Labour Caucus, also said
it is not right for workers in Peninsular Malaysia to have a higher
floor wage compared to their counterparts in Sabah, Sarawak and the
Federal Territory of Labuan as the cost of living in East Malaysia is
Klang DAP MP Charles Santiago said that it is high time for
businesses to back the minimum wage policy as they have benefited from
the low wages for years.
“If they want to continuously promote low wages, then they are
inefficient, and the government should not support such companies.”
click here to read the press statement by CPPS
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