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Minimum wage for all workers

 | June 14, 2012

Contract workers, cleaners and gardeners are also eligible to receive minimum wage, clarifies the Human Resources Ministry.

PUTRAJAYA: All workers, including contract workers, cleaners and gardeners are eligible to receive minimum wage.

Human Resources Ministry’s human resources policy division secretary Kua Abun clarified this during a meeting with members from a NGO, Oppressed People’s Network (Jerit), and Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM).

Earlier this morning Jerit and PSM held a demonstration involving 30 people. A closed door discussion with the ministry was then held for about an hour.

On May 1, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak announced that minimum wage was fixed at RM900 in Peninsular Malaysia and RM800 in Sabah and Sarawak.

It would be gazetted on July 1 and would come into effect in January 2013.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, Jerit coordinator M Sivaranjani said: “The information department in the Human Resources Ministry had erred by stating that cleaners and contract workers are not eligible for minimum wage.”

“Only domestic maids and those who are self employed are not eligible for minimum wage,” she added.

She said that only companies which had less than five employees were allowed to implement the minimum wage system in July 2013.

“The list of those companies with less than five staff will be released next year,” she added.

Sivaranjani also said that the government would assist companies that were unable to implement minimum wage.

In addition to that, she said that the ministry would be reviewing minimum wage every two years.

Sivaranjani said the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) was also guilty of issuing a circular which claimed that allowance were included in the minimum wage.

“The circular is invalid. Discussion between MEF and the Human Resources Ministry is ongoing.

“If there are employers implementing what is stated in the circular, complaints can be lodged against them at the labour department,” she added.


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