Nearly full compliance with minimum wage, says Kula

Ninety-five labour claims were filed by workers in the first two months of the year, 66 of which have been resolved. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran says almost all employers have complied with the nationwide directive on the minimum wage of RM1,100.

He said in the first two months of the year, the Labour Department had carried out 7,695 statutory checks to ensure compliance among employers.

“We found that some 98% of employers have complied with the nationwide monthly RM1,100 minimum wage directive,” he said to Khairy Jamaluddin (BN-Rembau) in the Dewan Rakyat today.

Khairy had asked about the extent of compliance towards the minimum wage, which came into force earlier this year. He also asked if any employers had applied for deferment due to their inability to implement the directive.

Kulasegaran (PH-Ipoh Barat) said the Labour Department had also investigated claims by workers who are not paid the minimum wage.

He said in the first two months, a total of 95 labour claims were filed by workers, with 66 cases, or 69%, resolved while another 29 cases, or 31%, are still being looked into by the department.

Kulasegaran said no deferment is allowed for the implementation of minimum wage, adding that the delay allowed in 2012 was a one-off matter.

“Back then, the minimum wage policy had just been introduced in Malaysia, with room being given to several individual employers or small-medium enterprises, especially those which are more labour intensive, to relook the business models and pay structure at their respective companies,” he said.