Wednesday 15 June 2011

PM promises minimum wage by year’s end

KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 – Datuk Seri Najib Razak promised tonight that the government aims to implement minimum wage by the end of 2011 after Parliament passes the National Wage Consultation Council Act in the current June sitting.

The prime minister said that Cabinet was waiting for the Ministry of Human Resources to present the paper before tabling it in Parliament.

“When this (the Bill) is approved then we can establish the national wage consultation council and have minimum wage at the end of 2011,” he told union members during a dinner organised by the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC).

Najib’s declaration is set to counter allegations that the government had reneged on its promise that the Bill would be presented for debate this month.

The DAP said that the Bill should have been presented during the current parliamentary session, but the Order Paper showed otherwise.

The Najib-administration has targeted this year to implement a minimum wage policy, but has faced resistance from employers who worry it will hamper business.

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