"Happy Labour Day Malaysia!"
"Selamat Hari Buruh!"
"Happy Employee Day!"
The minimum monthly wage for private sector employees:
- In the Peninsular Malaysia, the minimum wage has been set at RM900 or RM4.33 per hour.
- In Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan, the minimum wage has been set at RM800 or RM3.85 per hour.
Additional information for employers:
- The rates will take effect six months from the date the Minimum Wage Order (Perintah Gaji Minimum) is gazetted.
- The effective date for small-time employers or micro enterprises is extended by another six months in order to give them the space and opportunity to make preparation so that their businesses would not be affected, he said.
- The 12-month grace period did not cover professional firms such as dental and medical clinics, legal, architecture and consultants.
- Even if they had five employees or less, they were required to implement the minimum wage within six months after the Order was gazetted.
- The grace period (6 months) was sufficient for employers to re-structure salaries and their business operations.
- The Government is providing a flexible implementation mechanism so those who are really unable to implement the minimum wage can appeal for an extension. We have also prepared a mechanism where some allowances or fixed cash payments are allowed to be absorbed in the calculation for minimum wage. This is to ensure that its implementation does not burden the employers while the employees will not lose,
- The different rate of minimum wage between the Peninsular and Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan was due the variation in wage structures and the noticeable cost of living in those places.