Median wage not stagnant: Minister
THE government has denied claims that the national median wage is currently stagnant.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Richard Riot said the yearly median wage in Malaysia has seen an increase since 2014.
“Based on data from the Department of Statistics, the median wage and salary of workers last year had increased by 6.5% to RM1,600 compared with RM1,500 in 2014.
“Meanwhile, the average wage has increased by 5.3% to RM2,312 last year compared with RM2,193 the previous year.
“In conclusion, the issue of stagnant median wage of workers does not arise at all,” he said during the question and answer session.
He said this in reply to Datuk Ahmad Hamzah (BN-Jasin) who asked about the ministry’s efforts to boost workers’ wages.