KUALA LUMPUR, April 14 (Bernama) — A total of 191 investigation papers were opened on the failure to implement the minimum wage since Jan 1 last year to March this year, with 118 of them taken to court.
Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Ismail Abd Muttalib told the Dewan Negara today, from the total, 64 cases were prosecuted involving fines totalling RM211,600.
“The Labour Court has also decided on 1,260 cases with claims amounting to RM20.5 million.
“The court has since 2014 to March this year also ordered RM1.746 million to be paid to the workers,” he said in the question and answer session.
He was replying to Senator Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud who wanted to know the total number of employers charged in court for failing to implement the minimum wage.
Currently, the minimum wage rate for Peninsular Malaysia is RM900 per month or RM4.33 an hour while for Sarawak, Sabah and the Federal Territory of Labuan, the rate is RM800 a month or RM3.85 an hour.