Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) refer to the statement by Human Resource Minister, Datuk Seri Richard Riot that the Minimum Wage Order 2016 of RM1,000 for Peninsular Malaysia and RM920 per month for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan will take effect today, 1 July 2016 without any delay.
MTUC welcomes the firm stance of the Government, especially the Ministry of Human Resource in the implementation of the revised minimum wage.
Therefore, the MTUC hope all parties especially the employers will respect the minimum wage order. As was stated by Datuk Seri Richard, claims by certain parties that there is no sufficient time for employers to adhere the new minimum wage is unfounded.
MTUC do not want employers to give any further reasons for not paying the minimum wage. MTUC wants the Human Resource Ministry to take stern action against those who are refuse to comply with the directive and policy of the government.
Implementation of the revised minimum wage has actually delayed for more than a year. Therefore strict enforcement in the implementation of the comprehensive guarantee is necessary.
Although MTUC is not happy with amount of minimum wage, MTUC also hope that the Human Resource Ministry will ensure that the next minimum wage revision will be implemented in a timely manner, two years from now.