Sunday, May 24, 2015
The law requires a review every two years and Putrajaya has missed the deadline.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has demanded an immediate review of the minimum wage rates, pointing out that Putrajaya has missed the legal deadline to do so.
The last Minimum Wages Order was issued in July 2012 and a new order should have been out by July 2014 to take effect from January 1, 2015, MTUC Secretary-General N Gopal Kishnam said in a press statement.
“There should be no exemption for any employer, and all workers, including migrant workers, should be treated equally without discrimination,” he said.
The current minimum wage for Peninsular Malaysia is RM900 per month. For Sabah and Sarawak, it is RM800. MTUC is calling for a new rate of at least RM1,200.
The National Wage Consultation Council Act 2011 states that the council shall “at least once in every two years review the Minimum Wages Order”.
“It is May 2015 now and the minimum wage has not been raised,” said Gopal Kishnam.
“The cost of living over the last few years has increased drastically by the removal of subsidies and now the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).”
He said it was unacceptable for Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to say at the National Labour Day celebrations in Kuching that the “minimum wage could not be increased now”.
MTUC also voiced its concern over foreign workers who are not being paid the existing minimum wage by certain employers. - FMT, 20/5/2015