Malaysian government has decided to raise the minimum monthly wage quantum from set from RM1,050 to RM1,100 starting January 1 next year. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng made the announcement when tabling Budget 2019 on Friday (Nov 2), Malay Mail reports.
Initially, the government announced last September that it planned to raise the minimum wage to RM1,050 monthly throughout the country next year. However, despite having met with strong approval from unions, workers protested the decision.
The current minimum wage is RM1,000 in Peninsular Malaysia and RM920 in Sarawak and Sabah.
In its 2018 election manifesto, Malaysia’s ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition had pledged to implement a minimum wage set at RM1,500 monthly.