The Human Resources Ministry is raising the minimum wage levels next year, said its minister, Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem.
According to national newswire Bernama, the National Wages Consultative Council had started making plans to review the Minimum Wages order 2016 to determine new rates for Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan, before tabling it to the Cabinet.
This would be the second time in three years that minimum wage levels in the country have been revised. In July 2016, the minimum salary was raised to RM1,000 from RM900 in Peninsular Malaysia, and to RM920 from RM800 in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.
“We know that the minimum wages order must be reviewed at least once in two years. The review will look at the ability of the employer to pay the minimum wage which is a responsibility that is very challenging to ensure that the minimum wage policy meets all objective,” Riot was quoted by Bernama as saying.
The review is said to be a gradual effort towards closing the minimum wage gap between employees in Peninsular Malaysia and in Sabah, Sarawak, and Labuan.