‘Min­i­mum wage ef­fec­tive’

> Most em­ploy­ers have com­plied, says Riot

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: The im­ple­men­ta­tion of min­i­mum wage in Malaysia has been ef­fec­tive since its in­tro­duc­tion in July with the ma­jor­ity of em­ploy­ers com­ply­ing with the pol­icy.

Stat­ing this, Hu­man Resources Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Richard Riot (pix) said this is based on the Labour De­part­ment’s statu­tory in­spec­tion con­ducted na­tion­wide from Au­gust to Oc­to­ber this year.

“The Labour De­part­ment has con­ducted a to­tal of 7,214 statu­tory in­spec­tions na­tion­wide.

“From the to­tal, 7,043 em­ploy­ers or 98% have com­plied with the min­i­mum wage order while only 171 em­ploy­ers, which is just 2%, have failed to fol­low the min­i­mum wage order,” he said.

Riot was re­spond­ing to a ques­tion from Datuk Nor­mala Ab­dul Sa­mad (Pasir Gu­dan­gUmno), who had asked how far the min­i­mum wage pol­icy has been ac­cepted by em­ploy­ers since it was en­forced on July 1 and how many em­ploy­ers have not com­plied.

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.

Riot said in Penin­su­lar Malaysia there were 3,811 in­spec­tions con­ducted, of which 3,793 em­ploy­ers have com­plied with the order and only 18 have failed.

In Sabah, there were 1,688 in­spec­tions and 1,600 em­ploy­ers have com­plied while in Sarawak 1,715 in­spec­tions were con­ducted and 1,650 have com­plied.

How­ever, Riot did not state whether im­me­di­ate ac­tion would be taken against non-com­ply­ing em­ploy­ers.

In a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion, Ab­dul­lah Sani Ab­dul Hamid (PKR- Kuala Lan­gat) said that ac­cord­ing to Perkeso, there are al­most one mil­lion work­ers in Malaysia who are still not re­ceiv­ing the stip­u­lated min­i­mum wage.

“This is news to me. As the min­is­ter in charge, I should be in­formed about this mat­ter first. Perkeso comes un­der my min­istry, and if it has the in­for­ma­tion it should in­form me first,” Riot said.

Em­ploy­ers were given eight months to pre­pare for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new min­i­mum wage rates, which were an­nounced in the 2016 Bud­get by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak in Oc­to­ber 2015.

The gov­ern­ment had cau­tioned em­ploy­ers to com­ply with the new rates for min­i­mum wage with­out any de­lay to avoid be­ing pe­nalised.

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