Govt should also look into salary guide­lines of em­ploy­ers

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IF em­ploy­ers are not sup­port­ive of labour poli­cies, em­ploy­ment is­sues among lo­cals will per­sist, said the Congress of Unions of Em­ploy­ees in the Pub­lic and Civil Ser­vices (Cuepacs). Its pres­i­dent, Datuk Azih Muda, urged the gov­ern­ment to re­view ex­ist­ing poli­cies on the in­take of for­eign work­ers and em­ploy­ers’ salary guide­lines.

“The is­sue of un­em­ploy­ment among lo­cals will never be re­solved un­less em­ploy­ers are will­ing to co­op­er­ate with their em­ploy­ees and ad­here to poli­cies put in place by the gov­ern­ment,” Azih said in his speech at the Labour Day Sem­i­nar for civil ser­vants here yes­ter­day.

He said there were em­ploy­ers who still re­fused to abide by the gov­ern­ment’s min­i­mum wage pol­icy.

The Min­i­mum Wage Or­der stip­u­lates that em­ploy­ees in Penin­su­lar Malaysia are to be paid a min­i­mum of RM1,000 a month, while em­ploy­ees in Sabah, Sarawak and the Fed­eral Ter­ri­tory of Labuan are to be paid a min­i­mum of RM920 a month.

The min­i­mum wage for civil ser­vants is RM1,200 a month.

“How do we curb the in­flux of for­eign work­ers in the coun­try if em­ploy­ers are not will­ing to fix this prob­lem? They want good qual­ity work­ers but want to pay less.

“Cuepacs pro­poses that the gov­ern­ment re­views ex­ist­ing poli­cies on the in­take of for­eign work­ers, the man­age­ment of salaries to work­ers and the pre­pared­ness of em­ploy­ers to pro­tect their work­ers.”

Azih said there were em­ploy­ers who were re­luc­tant to pro­vide their em­ploy­ees with more ben­e­fits to im­prove their qual­ity of liv­ing.

“To­day, hun­dreds and thou­sands of ex­pa­tri­ates and for­eign work­ers are here... some are grad­u­ates who of­fer good ser­vices and are not par­tic­u­lar about their salary.

“They are will­ing to work and this has cre­ated com­pe­ti­tion for our lo­cal grad­u­ates who de­mand high salaries.

“For­eign work­ers have no com­mit­ments — no chil­dren and no hous­ing loan in­stal­ments. They can rent a place with oth­ers and, once they are done, they re­turn to their coun­try.

“As for Malaysians, they have to pay for their homes and sup­port their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion.

“We can­not com­pare for­eign work­ers with the lo­cals when it comes to salaries and ben­e­fits. They are dif­fer­ent.

“Em­ploy­ers need to pro­vide good ben­e­fits to their lo­cal work­ers based on ex­ist­ing poli­cies. But, if the poli­cies are al­ready there and they couldn’t be both­ered, what do we do?”

Azih said the gov­ern­ment should im­pose guide­lines to en­sure its labour poli­cies were ad­hered to.


Cuepacs pres­i­dent Datuk Azih Muda (right) ac­com­pa­ny­ing Angkatan Kop­erasi Ke­bangsaan Malaysia Bhd pres­i­dent Datuk Ab­dul Fat­tah Ab­dul­lah (sec­ond from right) greet­ing Labour Day Sem­i­nar par­tic­i­pants in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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