Minimum wage increase rate to be finalised on Friday

Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran. (Bernama pic)

IPOH: The government will finalise the minimum wage increase rate to be fixed for the initial stage at the Cabinet meeting on Friday, says Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran.

The determined increase rate will be standardised between workers in Peninsular Malaysia and those in Sabah and Sarawak.

Kulasegaran said the minimum monthly wage was presently between RM800 and RM920 for workers in Sabah and Sarawak, and RM1,000 for workers in Peninsular Malaysia.

“The matter will be finalised at the Cabinet meeting on Friday. Hopefully there will be good news later,” he told reporters in Kampung Tawas and Kampung Kepayang here today.

Kulasegaran, who is also Ipoh Barat MP, said the minimum wage increase would be gradually implemented over a period of five years so as not to burden the employers.

The standardised minimum wage increase rate to RM1,500 within a period of five years was one of the pledges made by Pakatan Harapan in its election manifesto.

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