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Malaysian government considers increasing minimum wage

Malaysia's Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed revealed that the government is considering a proposal to increase the minimum wage in a bid to help the low- and middle-income earners cope with rising living costs in line with the country's socio-economic development, Bernama reported.

Speaking to reporters after officiating the Pulai parliamentary constituency-level Jualan Sentuhan Rakyat programme on 10 March, the minister explained this was one of the long-term plans drawn up under the National Cost of Living Action Council to ensure the well-being of Malaysians.

"The other long-term proposal is to create more employment and business opportunities for the people to help them generate extra income."

The minister noted that these are among the plans (long- and short-term) the government has to help the people.

He said that these are "in addition to other short-term plans such as the 1Malaysia People's Aid and the Jualan Sentuhan Rakyat (people's outreach sale) programme which offers daily necessities at lower than market prices."

The last time the minimum wage rate was reviewed was in 2016 when the minimum wages were set according to region - RM1,000 per month or RM4.81 per hour for Peninsular Malaysia, and RM920 per month or RM4.42 per hour for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.

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