MEANS TEST THE EMPLOYERS, HANDS OFF MINIMUM WAGE

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 28 Feb 2019

The proposal by Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran to set a minimum wage structure for different industries because, according to him, the current rate of RM1,100 is too high for some sectors makes nonsense of the purpose of institutionalising minimum wages. The minister should go back to learning his Minimum Wage 101.

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A HIGH-INCOME COUNTRY WITH RM1050 MINIMUM WAGE?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong SUARAM Adviser 18.9.2018

Dr Mahathir touted the aspiration of becoming a high-income country by 2020 at least three decades ago when he launched Vision 2020. Beyond the catchy phrase, we must question what such a goal represents for ordinary Malaysians. Firstly, what do mean/average numbers represent in practice for people living at the bottom end of the spectrum of grossly divergent incomes, and secondly, if this is our goal, are we on track? Thirdly, if not, what needs to be in place to ensure we are on track in moving towards such an aspiration?  

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