The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PUTRAJAYA: A new min­i­mum wage pol­icy will be fi­nalised by the mid­dle of next year to bridge the in­come gap be­tween penin­su­lar and east Malaysia. Hu­man Re­sources Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Richard Riot said the newly ap­pointed National Wage Con­sul­ta­tive Coun­cil have al­ready started its re­view on the 2016 Min­i­mum Wage Or­der, adding that the me­dian wage is based on em­ploy­ers’ ca­pac­ity to pay wages. “That is why the min­i­mum wage in east Malay-sia is lower than west Malaysia.” Cur­rent-ly, the min­i­mum wage in the penin­su­lar is RM1,000 and RM920 in east Malaysia, that was an­nounced in Bud­get 2016 and im­ple­mented on July 1 last year. “It is my hope to stream­line the in­come gap for east and west Malaysia to have a stan­dard in­come.” The National Wage Con­sul­ta­tive Coun­cil 2011 Act states that the Min­i­mum Wage Or­der should be re­viewed at least once ev­ery two years.

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