Govt urged to increase minimum wage to RM2,208
16 Oct 2021
By Ilona Andrew
KUALA LUMPUR: The government has been urged to increase the minimum wage to RM2,208 ahead of the 2022 Budget.
According to a report by The Vibes, Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) said individuals facing financial issues due to low-income are suffering from stress as the current minimum wage stands at RM1,200 only.
Meanwhile, the rate of property line income (PLI) for households in Malaysia stands at RM2,208. This shows a huge gap between the country’s minimum wage and the PLI that was revised in 2019.
MTUC was also quoted as saying the government should look into narrowing the pay gap among economic classes since it seems like “the rich seem to be getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer.”
However, for the federal government to realise this, he said it would take a great deal of effort and determination.