HR Minister: With booming gig economy, Malaysians don’t need to settle for minimum wage jobs | Malaysia

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According to HR Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan, Malaysians now have options for better paying jobs than simply becoming salaried workers. ― Photo by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 ― According to the Minister of Human Resources, Datuk Seri M. Saravanan, Malaysians now have the opportunity to obtain better paying jobs than simply becoming employees.

He said the labor market is no longer defined by employers, as those seeking employment have more choices than settling for minimum wage, The star reported today.

“Let’s see bigger, there is no longer an employer’s market.

“Nowadays anyone can drive a Grab and can get 2,000 RM, so why work for 1,200 or 1,500 RM,” he said.

State news agency Bernama also reported that Saravanan said yesterday that wages needed to be raised to allow the public to spend and help the economy improve faster, and that the government was working to create 600,000 jobs.

On March 19, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the government had approved the implementation of the new minimum wage rate of RM1,500 per month nationwide from May 1.

He also said that micro and small businesses are allowed to postpone the implementation of the minimum wage because they might not be able to pay such an amount next month.

On April 13, Saravanan said the National Wage Advisory Council Act 2011 requires the minimum wage rate to be reviewed once every two years.

Saravanan also said flexibility will be given to businesses with less than five workers and those in the tourism and hospitality industry that have suffered huge losses during the pandemic, to implement the new rate of RM1,500.

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