Friday, June 13, 2014

Minimum Wages Policy Encourages More Locals To Seek Employment - MTUC

PETALING JAYA, June 12 (Bernama)-- The minimum wages policy has succeeded in encouraging more locals to seek employment in sectors which were previously monopolised by foreigners, said Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC), Deputy Secretary General, A. Balasubramaniam.

He told BERNAMA that policy's positive effect was seen in more locals being employed at supermarkets, petrol pumps, cleaning services business, fast food outlets and many more sectors.

The policy had also helped families to acquire better living quarters, afford more nutritious food, newer clothes and overall higher living standards.

The minimum wage of RM900 per month in the Peninsular and RM800 in Sabah and Sarawak was fully implemented in January this year.

Balasubramaniam said the government should continue to maintain this tempo and should drastically reduce the importation of foreign workers.

At present there were some two million legal foreign workers in Malaysia.

He said the MTUC was concerned because about 200 to 300 legal foreign workers were entering the country daily.

Balasubramaniam said the government should temporarily halt the intake of foreigners so as to take stock of the available local labour demand.

The MTUC, he added was willing to assist the government to place locals in appropriate jobs with the assistance of the Labour Department.


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