Malaysia govt raises minimum wage, workers will get Rs 1100 ringgit from next Jan

- Sanjaya Lama, Kathmandu

Nov 2, 2018-

The Malaysian government has raised the minimum wage for private sector workers in what would bring cheers to the Nepali migrant workers. Malaysia is one the most preferred destinations for Nepali migrant workers.

Finance Minister of Malaysia Lim Guan Eng announced the minimum pay for private sector workers while presenting the budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2019/20 in the Parliament on Friday.

According to the announcement, the workers will get monthly 1100 ringgit from January next year.

At the present, the minimum monthly salary for the workers in Peninsular Malaysia is 1000 ringgit and in eastern Malaysia the minimum pay is 900 ringgit.

Nepalis and all the foreign workers working in the private sector will reap the benefit if the announced policy is implemented.

Few months ago, the government had announced that the minimum wage for the workers in the private sector will be raised to 1050 ringgit from January. After the announcement, over 100 workers along with various organisations like Malaysian Trade Union Congress, National Union of Bank Employees, Malaysia Muda and Party Socialist, among others, had staged a demonstration outside the Parliament building.

Malaysian Minister for Human Resources M Kulasegaran received a memorandum from the agitating workers. He had expressed his commitment that the issue will be discussed in the Cabinet meeting soon.

Most of the Nepalis work in West Malaysia while the number of Nepalis working in East Malaysia is less.

Many employers, however, are not satisfied with the government’s decision to increase the minimum monthly salary.

In Malaysia, there is a provision to review the minimum monthly salary in every two years.

Earlier on Monday, Nepal signed a labour agreement with Malaysia in Kathmandu that stipulates the employers to bear all the expenses of the Nepali workers including recruitment service charges, two-way air tickets, visa fee, and medical check-up fee.

Published: 02-11-2018 17:51

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