Malaysia to raise urban minimum wage to RM1,200, chasing RM1,500 election promise

Malaysia’s Human Resources Ministry (MOHR) announced today that the monthly minimum wage for urban workers will be raised by RM100 (US$25) to RM1,200 (US$300) as of Jan. 1, 2020.

The decision — an apparent bid to offer some relief to workers in high-cost areas of Malaysia — will affect 57 city and municipality councils across the country, and was part of this year’s Budget 2020 tabling. For non-urban areas, the minimum wage will remain at RM1,100.

“The implementation of RM1,200 minimum wage in major towns and RM1,100 per month in other areas, was defined under section 2 of the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265), Sabah Labor Ordinance and Sarawak Labor Ordinance,” a statement from the MOHR reads.

Cities that have been included in the new wage rise include Johor Bahru, Iskandar Puteri, Alor Setar, Melaka, Penang, Seberang Perai, Ipoh, Shah Alam, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Terengganu, North Kuching, South Kuching, Miri, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, while the major towns are Batu Pahat, Kluang, Kulai, Muar, Segamat, Pasir Gudang, Kulim, Sungai Petani, Langkawi, Kubang Pasu and Kota Bharu.

Other urban areas also set for a rise have been listed as Alor Gajah, Jasin, Hang Tuah Jaya, Seremban, Nilai, Port Dickson, Jempol, Kuantan, Temerloh, Bentong, Manjung, Kuala Kangsar, Taiping, Teluk Intan, Kangar, Ampang Jaya, Kajang, Klang, Selayang, Subang Jaya, Sepang, Kemaman, Dungun, Padawan, Sibu, Kota Samarahan, Bintulu, Sandakan, Tawau, Labuan and Putrajaya.

One of Pakatan Harapan’s election promises was to raise the minimum wage of Malaysians to RM1,500 during their first term in office, which will likely be up in no more than three years. So, still got a ways to go, guys.

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