Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the implementation of a new minimum wage of RM1,500 effective May 1.
The implementation, however, only involves employers of big companies and not micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.
According to him, rising cost of living will impact the B40 group.
“I hear the debates raised by representatives and the voice of the people.
“Thus, today I announce that the government has approved the implementation of a new minimum wage of RM1,500 a month beginning 1 May 2022 nationwide.”
He said so when wrapping up his speech at the UMNO general assembly at the World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
He added that the government decided to delay the implementation of the new minimum wage for small companies which cannot afford it.
He stated that the matter will be discussed with the Ministry of Human Resources and Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives.
“We understand if there are restaurants or stalls in villages with a small number of employees, it is not right to force them.
“Thus, it only applies to big companies including government-linked companies (GLCs).”