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Saravanan: Over 100 employers in the country failed to comply with new minimum wage

A total of 118 companies had failed to comply with the Minimum Wages Order 2022 despite the new ruling came into effect on 1 May, said Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan.

According to Malay Mail, the minister said that however, none of the identified companies have been charged yet.

“As of June 30, the department has received 157 complaints with regards to the Minimum Wages Order, and results of the investigation showed that 118 employers did not adhere to the Order.”

Source: Malay Mail

“Advice has been given to the employers to follow the Minimum Wages Order 2022. If they still do not do so, legal action will be taken against them,” he was quoted as saying.

He said this when responding to a question from Datuk Seri Mujahid Yusof Rawa (Pakatan Harapan-Parit Buntar) during Question Time in Dewan Rakyat.

Saravanan added that explained that his ministry, through the Department of Labour of Peninsular Malaysia, had been conducting random checks on employers since the Minimum Wage Order was introduced with 20,452 checks had been made up to 30 June this year.

However, Saravanan said that the statistics of employers complying with the Order are not fully ready yet as it has just been implemented.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has reminded employers to take the RM1,500 minimum wage seriously as employees are the core of any organisation.

‘They can make or break a business. I ask all employers to be serious about this,” he said.

He then shared that the statistics from MyFutureJobs showed that the monthly salary range of most job offers nationwide were between RM1,200 and RM2,000, which he said was ”somewhat disappointing.”

”The government is developing our talent pool with high skills, productivity and potential.”

”However, I am somewhat disappointed because the salaries offered by the employers have not been on par or a match to the qualifications and job scope of the local workforce,” he said.

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