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Rise in minimum wage next year: Siringan
Published on: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: The Government will announce the rise in minimum wage next year as discussions were made at Cabinet level to synchronise wages in all the states.

State Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Datuk Siringan Gubat said that the Federal Government will review the minimum wages for Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak to ensure that all employees will be receiving the same minimum income.

Siringan said the minimum wages for Sabah and Sarawak is currently at RM920 while Peninsula is RM1,000.

"For example, if the minimum wage in Peninsula is RM1,200, then Sabah and Sarawak will be having the same rate as well," Siringan said at a press conference after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) Corruption-Free Pledge programme.

He said that with the review, it will encourage locals to work in the private sector, cutting the reliance on foreign work power.

"If the minimum wage is also increased, it would also attract local workers to work in areas such as plantations.

"It is also good in a way as we have been too depending on foreigners," he added.

Meanwhile during event, some 30 staff of the Resource Development and Information Technology Ministry participated in the pledge taking led by Siringan and witnessed by the MACC Deputy Director Zulkefle Abd Hamid. - Jeremy S. Zabala

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