Sunday, June 30, 2013

Minimum wage: Errant employers told to shift business elsewhere

KUCHING (June 30, 2013): The Sarawak Division of the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) said today that any employer who refuse to comply with the National Minimum Wage policy by January next year should consider moving elsewhere outside the country.
"Any employer who cannot comply should close shop and move to North Korea, Zimbabwe or Bangladesh," its secretary Andrew Lo said when commenting on a statement by Human Resources Minister Datuk Richard Riot that the policy would be fully implemented by Jan 1 next year and that employers have until Dec 31 to give their acceptance.

He said that the ministry should not entertain any more requests from the employers for further extension of the policy.
"(The minister should) give me half good reason (for any more extension).
"The minister should migrate to Timbuktu if there is any more extension. You can quote me on that," he said in a text message.
Yesterday, Riot told reporters that some 400 companies nationwide had yet to comply with the policy.
He said that the government's decision to fully implement the policy was on a decision by the National Wages Consultative Council after vetting requests from the employers.
The policy requires that employers pay the minimum wage of RM800 in Sarawak and Sabah and RM900 in Peninsular Malaysia for their workers.
According to Riot, the council had given the 400 companies until Dec 31 this year to comply, saying that the government would not entertain any more request for further extension.
The policy was implemented on Jan 1 this year, but many companies have asked for time to comply, citing various reasons, mainly involving foreign workers.
The implementation of the policy followed the Minimum Wage Order gazetted on July 16, 2012.
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