Despite the minimum wage having been recently increased to RM1,500, the Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) is now urging the government to further increase the minimum wage to RM1,800.
According to Bernama, Cuepacs president Datuk Adnan Mat said the government should implement 3 crucial measures to assist civil servants who are affected by the increase in the price of goods.
The 3 measures are — implementing a RM1,800 minimum wage, two annual salary increments, and a new and more effective remuneration system.
“We are always grateful to the government for implementing several key measures to address the increase in the price of goods. However, at the moment, we are still unable to cope with our current financial position and salary.”
“This is crucial, as the government, along with the private sectors, are the catalyst for the country’s development,” he said.
Adnan added that the proposed minimum wage will also help the government achieve the household income target of RM10,000 a month, which was one of the government’s targets in the 12th Malaysia Plan to make the country a high-income nation by 2025.
Meanwhile, he also explained that the existing 20-year-old Malaysian Remuneration System is considered as ineffective and inappropriate in assisting civil servants in the current economic situation.
The current remuneration system was implemented back on 1 November 2002, replacing the New Remuneration Scheme.
“It is hoped that the government would consider our proposals for a new public sector remuneration system, which includes the minimum wage; salary increment growth; promotion and grade; as well as minimum Grade 19 to provide a more comfortable and fair income to assist civil servants,” he said.
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