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Kulasegaran clarifies ministry does not decide on minimum wage rates

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Malaysia’s Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran has clarified that the ministry does not decide on the country’s minimum wage rates, Bernama reported.

In fact, he said according to Act 732 (Section22), it is the National Wages Consultative Council (NWCC) that makes recommendations on minimum wage rates to the government. The committee could do so according to regions, types of employment, and sectors.

Speaking to reporters after attending the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers Institute 11th Graduation Ceremony and a dialogue session, Kulasegaran said: “I do not fix the amount, they (NWCC) do the recommendation and I will take it to the Cabinet.

“We are also looking at other factors on ways to help both the employers and workers in this country.”

According to Bernama, he also said certain terms under the Employment Act will be reviewed, including to cover all employees aside from those earning RM2,000 and below.

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