Government mulls raising minimum wage

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JOHOR BAHRU: The government is mulling a proposal to increase the minimum wage rate to help the low- and middle-income earners cope with the rising cost of living in line with the current socio-economic development of the country.

Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed said this was one of the long-term plans drawn up under the National Cost of Living Action Council to ensure the well-being of the people was taken care of in the best possible manner.

“This is among the proposals which we think will help the people in addition to other short-term plans such as the 1Malaysia People’s Aid and the Jualan Sentuhan Rakyat (people’s outreach sale) programme which offers daily necessities at lower than market prices.

“ The other long-term proposal is to create more employment and business opportunities for the people to help them generate extra income,” he told reporters after officiating the Pulai parliamentary constituency-level Jualan Sentuhan Rakyat programme here yesterday.

The last time the minimum wage rate was reviewed was in 2016 with the minimum salary for Peninsular Malaysia increased from RM900 to RM1,000 per month, and from RM800 to RM920 for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.