Wednesday, May 2, 2012

RM900 for peninsula, RM800 for Sabah, Sarawak & Labuan

Posted by Smookiekins On 5/02/2012 08:48:00 AM
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak announced the  minimum wage for workers:

  • Peninsular Malaysia has been set at RM900 a month or RM4.33 per hour 
  • Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan, the quantum is RM800 per month or RM3.85 an hour

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak announced the  minimum wage for workers

He said the minimum wage would cover workers in all sectors of the economy except for the domestic help service or maid, gardener and similar employment categories.


"The minimum wage will take effect six months from the date the minimum wage order is gazetted"
PM said.


Najib said the government would provide an implementation mechanism so that the minimum wage initiative would not burden the employers or be detrimental to the workers, by allowing part of allowances or fix cash payments to be taken into account when calculating the wage quantum.

However, he said, for micro enterprises, the timeframe to implement the wage structure was 12 months from the date the minimum wage order was gazetted.

The prime minister said the 12-month exemption would not cover professional firms such as medical and dental clinics, legal firms, architectural firms and consultancy firms.

For these firms, he said, they would have to implement the minimum wage order in six months even if they only had five workers or less.


“Sufficient time is given to allow employers to restructure their business operations as well as the workers’ salaries.
“The government also allows a flexible implementation mechanism so that employers who are genuinely unable to implement the minimum wage policy can apply for an extension of the transition period,” he said.


Najib said the government was aware of the demand for the wage be set at between RM1,200 and RM1,500 but stressed that for a start, based on the recommendations by the National Wages Consultative Council and a World Bank study, the quantum should not be set too high.


Workers Minimum Wage


“If the minimum wage is set at higher than RM900 (basic salary), this is expected to affect the economy, the labour market and the inflow of foreign investments.
“If this happens, the industry cannot operate properly and many workers will lose their jobs. The government cannot allow this to happen because it will be detrimental to the welfare of the workers as well as to the nation’s interest,” he said.


Najib said the government was also aware that setting a different quantum for the peninsula, and Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan would expose the government to accusations that it was being unfair to the workers in the two states and federal territory.


“The difference in the minimum wage between these two territories has to be put in place because of obvious disparities in the wage structure and cost of living,” he said.


Najib said that within the next two or three years, however, the government hoped to be able to make adjustments to the minimum wage structure in the two states and bring it to be at the same level as that of the Peninsular Malaysia.

He stressed that the minimum wage would not remain static, stressing that it would be reviewed from time to time based on the country’s ability, productivity and competitiveness. 


Source:  Bernama 



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25 comments:

  1. Baguslah jika Polisi Gaji Minima sudah diluluskan oleh kerajaan Pusat. Diharapkan ini akan dilaksanakan dengan lancar 6 bulan dari sekarang.

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    1. Jumlah ini pasti mendatangkan banyak komen negatif.

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  2. It will be a good thing if the federal approves of the minimum wage.

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  3. This can help enhance the civil workers.

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  4. More developments like this are expected later this year.

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  5. Let’s see how smooth it will go in the next 6 months.

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  6. Definitely the minimum wage won’t remain static, I hope it continue increasing. :)

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  7. The employer will be careful in employing the staff perhaps cutting down the No of staff if the cost is high.
    It works for certain sector of business but not so feasible in certain sectors of business. Hope the min wage in E. Malaysia will increase and the business could generate the business/profit to support the rise in wages.

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    1. and hopefully this minimum wages will not contribute to the problem of unemployment in this state..

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  8. gaji minimum ini pasti menggembirakan pekerja. terutamanya yang bergaji kecil sebelum ini.

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    1. Menggembirakan pekerja tapi lain pula dengan pihak majikan.

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    2. It is true, hope these can help the low pay people to enjoy better life.

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  9. Tapi ada pula pihak yang menuntut gaji mimima hingga RM1,500.

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  10. Idea is good but its bring many impact to the prices.

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    1. Yang merisaukan barang-barang akan naik harga.

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  11. Manufacturing costs has gone up, definately the end products price will gone up too.

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  12. Malaysia menghala negara pendapatan yang lebih tinggi.

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  13. Ada juga yang tidak puas hati dengan kenaikan tersebut.

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  14. Negeri Sabah harus disetkan di tahap yang lebih tinggi.

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  15. Belum lagi nampak impak.

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  16. At least the government do something for the people.

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  17. Mungkin ini satu berita yang baik namun perlulah ada tahap2 setiap pemberian gaji tersebut.

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  18. Hopefully we see the positive impact.

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  19. ramai pihak yang tidak bersetuju dengan gaji minimum ini.. bukan sahaja di sabah, malah di semenanjung.. kononnya gaji minimum sepatutnya rm1,500.. namun bagi saya, sebagai permulaan, eloklah gaji minimum ini bermula dari rm900/rm800.. memandangkan Malaysia baru sahaja berjinak2 dengan gaji minimum ini, mungkin masih banyak masalah yang perlu diatasi kesan dari pelaksanaan skim ini..

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  20. We should try out this new policy first and see how the local employers adapt to it. RM800 for Sabah and Sarawak seems reasonable enough.

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