Pay minimum wage or face action, Sabah employers warned

Workers throughout the country are now paid a minimum wage of RM1,100 a month, or RM5.29 per hour. (Bernama pic)

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Labour Department today warned employers in the state to comply with the national minimum wage of RM1,100, or RM5.29 per hour.

Its director, Kamal Pardi, said those who failed to comply with the minimum wage requirements, effective Jan 1, would have action taken against them under the Minimum Wages Order (Amendment) 2018.

If convicted, they will face a fine not exceeding RM10,000 per employee.

Workers not paid the new rates should report to the nearest labour office to enable follow-up action to be taken, he said in a statement here today.

Kamal said the department’s 15 branch offices had carried out checks on employers since the beginning of the month to ensure they paid the new minimum wage.

The minimum wage applies to all local and non-resident employees, except for domestic maids.

He said 13 employers were charged and fined RM37,450 for offences under the National Wages Consultative Council Act 2011 last year.

Notices of compliance were also issued to 1,000 of the 7,136 employers checked.