Govt mulls raising minimum wage


THE government is considering increasing the minimum wage to help low- and middle-income earners cope with the rising cost of living.

Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed said this was one of the long-term plans drawn up under the National Cost of Living Action Council to ensure the wellbeing of the people ,

“This is among the proposals which we think will help the people in addition to other short-term plans such as the 1Malaysia People’s Aid and the Jualan Sentuhan Rakyat (people’s outreach sale) programme which offers daily necessities at lower than market prices.

“Other long-term proposal is to create more employment and business opportunities for the people to help them generate extra income,” he told reporters after officiating the Pulai parliamentary constituency-level Jualan Sentuhan Rakyat programme in Johor Baru, yesterday.

The minimum wage was last reviewed in 2016. The minimum salary was increased from RM900 to RM1,000 per month in peninsular Malaysia, and from RM800 to RM920 in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan. – Bernama, March 12, 2018.



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