The enforcement of the RM1,500 minimum wage for employers with fewer than five workers, which starts today, will eliminate discrimination against workers in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector, who have been complaining about their low wages.
Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) secretary-general Kamarul Baharin Mansor said the RM300 salary surplus would provide relief to employees and help improve their quality of life.
“MTUC hopes that this will alleviate the discontent of workers who are being burdened by the rise in the cost of goods,” he said in a statement today
Kamarul Baharin also called on the Manpower Department (JTK) to take a proactive approach to effectively enforcing the minimum wage order, including by conducting regular workplace inspections.
“JTK should not just wait for complaints from employees to take action,” he said.
On 27 Dec last year, Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar announced that the implementation of the Minimum Wage Order (PMG) for employers with less than five workers had been postponed again from Jan 1 to July 1, 2023.
He said the decision was made after taking into account the views of the many stakeholders who may be affected by financial and economic uncertainties.
The PGM 2022 has taken effect on May 1 with a minimum wage of RM1,500 per month for employers with five or more workers in all sectors, regardless of regions.