Despite being a professional, engineering fresh graduates in Malaysia are still earning a monthly salary of RM1,500, which is much lower than those who are earning around RM4,000 from “p-hailing”.
What’s worse is that the starting salary of RM1,500 has not been change since the past 20 years.
According to China Press, it is said around 22% of engineers have their starting salary below the poverty income line (PGK) or RM2,208.
Commenting on this matter, the Chairman of the Terengganu branch of the Institution of Engineers (IEM), Dato’ Ir. Wan Nazari said that engineers, whether junior or senior, who had 3 to 10 years of experience are facing this issue.
He also said that he is worried that the situation may turn worse if no action is taken to rectify this matter.
He said this in an interview with Utusan, adding that they find that the compensation for the occupation does not align with its designation.
He also said that there were about 10,000 engineering graduates in our country every year. In the past 20 years, nearly half of the engineers managed to make enough to be fit in the M40 category, while the remaining half stayed in the B40 category.
“In such a case, engineers have no choice. They can only continue to earn a living with a meager salary.” he said.
Meanwhile, he also said that if this situation does not improve, the country may lose most of its talents, as they may choose to work abroad, where the salary they make is much higher.
“This is a loss for Malaysia. We have a lot of skilled manpower in the engineering field, but we are not welcome.” he said.
He also cited to a post that went viral on social media that claimed that the salary of a graduate engineer is much lower than that of a p-hailer, who is earning RM4,000 a month.
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