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04 Mei 2012
CUEPACS SARAWAK WANTS HIGHER FLOOR FOR MINIMUM WAGE
Borneo Post 4/5/2012
KUCHING: Congress of Union of Employees in the Public Service
(Cuepacs) Sarawak Division, while warmly welcoming the minimum wage
policy, thinks that the government should set a higher minimum monthly
income for Sarawak and Sabah.Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun
Razak had on Monday announced that the minimum wage for workers in the
Peninsula would be RM900 per month while those in Sarawak, Sabah and
Labuan would get a minimum of RM800.
Its secretary Ahmad Malie in a
statement to The Borneo Post yesterday said although the division was
all for the RM800 minimum wage for Sarawak and Sabah he asked why there
had to be a difference of RM100 between the two regions.
minimum wage for Sarawak and Sabah should be more than that in the
Peninsula as the high cost of living has more impact on the people in
both of these states,” he said, reasoning if RM900 was the wage floor
for the Peninsula the lowest quantum for Sarawak and Sabah should be
As such, Ahmad, who is also the president of Sarawak
Bumiputera Teachers Union (SBTU), is calling on the government to review
the wage structure for Sarawak and Sabah by taking into account factors
such as cost of living and poverty index.Nonetheless, he
admitted that by setting the minimum wage the government had shown that
it was very much concerned with the pay structure in Malaysia,
particularly for employees in the private sector. On top of that, he said, the move would also help prevent employers from setting their own minimum wage structures.
the introduction of the policy, Cuepacs Sarawak Division is relieved
that there would at least be a standard guideline for employers to set
the minimum monthly income,” he said.
At the same time, he expressed hope that the new policy would help reduce the financial burden of the people.