Hafizah Hoze Rizal
PETALING JAYA: The government's intention to impose a fine of RM10,000 on any employer who fails to comply with the minimum wage requirement has received the support of workers' unions.
Security Guard Union acting secretary-general M. Gnanasegaran said the hefty fine would serve as a deterrent.
"If the government does not come down hard on such employers, the welfare of employees would be ignored," he said.
"We are also happy with the minimum wage move by the government as security guards are often accorded unfair treatment compared to other professions."
Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) secretary-general Abdul Halim Mansor (pic) said it was about time such a fine was imposed as has been done in many other countries, including Japan and South Korea.
"The fine will not be a burden to employers and will instead encourage them to take better care of their employees who are their biggest asset."
He also criticised the statement by Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Shamsuddin Bardan that having a minimum wage would drive away foreign investments.
"Minimum wage is not the sole or main factor when foreigners are considering investing in Malaysia," said Abdul Halim.
Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) president Datuk Omar Osman also hailed the move to fine irresponsible employers.
"I fully support the idea of implementing a fine of RM10,000. I think it is a fair move.
"However, for big companies, RM10,000 is not very much," he said, adding that large corporations would not have a problem in forking out such a small sum.
On June 23, it was reported in a local English daily that the RM10,000 fine move was not well received by employers.
They had argued that such a fine would decrease foreign investments in Malaysia.
They also claimed that such a move would impede the efforts of turning Malaysia into a high-income nation.