MTUC pleased with the ‘gift’ for employees and thanks Najib
PETALING JAYA: MTUC deputy secretary-general Samuel Devadasanhas described the implementation of the new minimum wage as “a gift for all workers”.
“It is timely. Although the MTUC has been pushing for RM1,200, this is a fantastic start,” Devadasan said.
He thanked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for granting the nation's workers their request for a fixed minimum wage.
MTUC vice-president Robert Vijendran Henry said the only downside was the incorporation of part of the fixed allowances into the salary.
“This will adversely affect hotel employees because they receive very low basic salaries but high service charges.
“Incorporating their service charges into their basic salaries will result in them receiving the same amount they are getting now,” he added.
Union of Beverage Industry Workers general-secretary Awang Ibrahim said he was disappointed with the quantum of the minimum wage.
“The MTUC asked for a RM1,200 minimum wage 15 years ago and I believe the amount announced by the Prime Minister is insufficient for those living in the cities,” he added.
Union of Employees in Port Ancillary Services Suppliers general-secretary A. Balasubramaniam said he welcomed the fixed minimum wage of RM900 as the salary in his sector was low.
I am not sure whether to cry or feel sorry for ourselves.
Najib and Rosmah pay their household of foreigner workers salary ranging from RM1.800 to RM6,000 per month not including the extra allowances given as bonus to spy on each other.
Indonesians and other aliens are paid minimum wages of RM50 per day which comes to about RM1,200 per month. As Sunday is not a working day, they are not paid.
Malaysians minimum wages set between RM800 to RM900 per month.
Bangladeshi minimum wages set between RM300 to RM900 per month.
From here we can see Malaysians are just one step better than Bangladeshi and many steps worse than Indonesians, Pakistani, Vietnamese etc.............................
My ex-Indonesian workers often tease me that before 2020 more Malaysians will be working overseas as servants and labourers only.