Recommendation on raising minimum wage expected next year, says Kula

Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran says the Minimum Wage Technical Committee is gathering views from stakeholders now.

BENTONG: The government expects to obtain the minimum wage recommendation from the Minimum Wage Technical Committee the latest by August next year.

Human Resources Minister M Kula Segaran said that currently the committee was carrying out a study and to gather views from the stakeholders to obtain the rate that would be appropriate with the current situation.

“After obtaining the appropriate rate, the committee will submit the recommendation to me to be presented to the Cabinet before it is to be decided and announced to the public,” he said after officiating the Karak Health Camp at the Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Karak Setia here today.

Kula said this in response to the request by the Malaysian Youth Council (MBM) for the Pakatan Harapan government to raise the minimum wage to RM1,500 to ease the burden borne by the people, especially the younger generation.

MBM president Jufitri Joha was reported to have said that the increase should be implemented as the current minimum wage of RM1,100 was inadequate.