Minimum wage quantum to be presented to Cabinet next week

KUALA LUMPUR: Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran will present the completed studies on the minimum wage quantum to the Cabinet next week, in line with Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) manifesto pledge to equalise minimum wage nationwide.

When met at the Parliament lobby, he said the ministry was still waiting for reports from employers, non-governmental bodies and government officers to determine the amount for minimum wage.

“As of now, the minimum wage in Sabah and Sarawak is approximately RM800 to RM920 whereas in the peninsula it’s about RM1,000.

“We will be presenting the report on minimum wage to the Cabinet next week,” he said, adding that he was acting as a middleman between the industries and employees.

When asked if the new minimum wage could be implemented within 100 days of PH governance, Kulasegaran said it was part of the five-year plan.

“Only the amount will be announced in 100 days. The implementation of the RM1,500 minimum wage as laid out in the Buku Harapan will be done in five years’ time.”