Wage gap is real, but it happened due to women tend to work in inferior-paying jobs, said the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
In the Parliament session on 7 March, Mustapa said that the wage gap between the 2 genders is attributed by the occupations they are in.
“Generally, there is no difference. If we look specifically at the government, we don’t differentiate wages between men and women. The same applies in the private sector,”
“But because women tend to be in jobs with lower pay, that is why on average, their wages are lower than men.” he said in response to a question from Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai on the government’s plan to reduce the income gap between the genders, saying there is economic discrimination against women in the country.
Mustapa said that international studies found that households led by women and single mothers are the worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, especially those living in urban locations.
As a measure to combat this issue, Mustapa said the government will roll out a special programme starting next month but he did not reveal any details of the programme.
“We have identified several locations in Kuala Lumpur, specifically People’s Housing Projects with a high number of women household leaders. A specific and holistic approach will be taken,” he said.
When speaking on the government’s plan to reduce the income gap between Sabah, Sarawak and the peninsula, Mustapa said the government has taken action after their engagement with the respective states.
Among them were to improve the road network, basic infrastructure, health and education system.
“Discussions were also held on proposed developments on the borders of Kalimantan, in view of the potential development when Indonesia shifts its capital city from Jakarta to Nusantara.
“I am confident this government is highly committed to reducing the development gap between the peninsula and East Malaysia,” he said.