Minimum wage for private sector employees submitted to Cabinet

SITI A’ISYAH SUKAIMI

PUTRAJAYA: The cabinet will finalise the minimum wage for the private sector by next week said Human Resource Minister M. Kulasegaran today.

He said the proposal paper on the minimum wage has already been submitted to the Cabinet.

“The Cabinet paper has already been submitted and we were asked to clarify certain matters on the minimum wage. Therefore, it will be deliberated by this week or next,” he said.

Previously, it was reported that the government will set a minimum wage for private sector employees.

Kulasegaran said the government would set a uniform starting salary for the private sector in the Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak, adding that the National Wages Consultative Technical Committee had conducted studies and consulted trade unions, employers, NGOs, and others on standardising the wage.

Kulasegaran had earlier attended the send-off ceremony for the national contingent to the 12th ASEAN Skills Competition 2018 (ASC 2018) in Bangkok at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

He said Malaysia has a bright chance of winning the cookery, hair styling and automotive categories.

As such he has hoped for the Malaysian contingent to bring home at least 10 gold medals in the ASC, which started on Aug 26 and will end on Sept 4.

A total of 48 participants will be taking part in the competition.

They are among student from skills training institutes, private and public higher learning institutions, and skilled workers.

Also present were Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar and Skills Development Department director- general Nidzam Kamarulzaman. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd