Would Malaysian Minimum Wage be deferred?

November 04, 2012 17:39 PM

Application By 4,500 Companies To Defer Minimum Wage Being Studied – Subramaniam

SEGAMAT, Nov 4 (Bernama) — The National Consultative Council on the implementation of the minimum wage is studying applications from 4,500 companies to temporarily defer implementing the scheme which is due to take effect in January next year, said Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

However, he stressed that only companies involved in certain fields might get temporary deferment, whereas the others had to follow the ruling.

“We are studying the applications from the companies which are in the Small and Medium Industries category. They need some more time to implement the minimum wage scheme.

“Nevertheless, most companies including those under the Malaysian Agricultural Producers Association banner have agreed to implement the scheme from January 1 2013,” he told a press conference after opening a skills carnival at Dewan Jubli Intan here today.

Dr Subramaniam also said that absorption of Form Three and Forms Four students not doing academically well at skills training institutes from next year would help the government produce some 1.6 million skilled workers, almost half of the 3.3 million skilled workers needed in the country by 2020.

Earlier, in his speech at the function, he said his ministry would be setting up an Industrial Training Institute in Batu Anam, Segamat, soon.

— BERNAMA

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