JOHOR BARU: The minimum wage needs to be increased to RM1,500 to ensure that local workers cane be retained.
Johor Consumerism, Human Resource and State Unity Committee chairman Dr S. Ramakrishnan said in increasing the minimum wage proposal, the government needs to take into account the increasing cost of living.
“The minimum wage issue is a serious issue. We hope that federal Government would increase the minimum wage up to RM1,500. However the government only agreed to increase it to RM1,050.
“The increase was quite minimal compared to the high hopes placed by the people in the matter,” he said.
Dr Ramakrishnan was commenting on the minimum wage of RM1,050 implemented for the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently announced the new minimum wage which was set at RM1,050 per month or RM5.05 per hour. The new minimu wage scheme will be enforced nationwide from next Jan 1, onwards.
Dr Ramakrishnan adds that there is need to increase the minimum wage as failure to do so will see local workers shy away form available jobs.
“At the same time we would be dependent on foreign workers and their number could not be reduced as we are unable to attract locals,” he said.
He cited Singapore as an example as example when it increased wages for its citizens.
“The country also enhanced its effectiveness through the use of modern technology.
“As such the industrial sector in the country needs to shift towards automation and create skilled workers,” he said.
Dr Ramakrishnan also said that the people could fault the government on the matter, due to the existing economic condition in the country.
Johor Consumerism, Human Resource and State Unity Committee chairman Dr S. Ramakrishnan said in increasing the minimum wage proposal, the government needs to take into account the increasing cost of living. (NSTP/MOHD SABRAN MD SANI)
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