On February 24, Minister of Human Resources M. Kulasegaran announced that the government will be reviewing the minimum wage based on business sector.
Back in 2018, when Kulasegaran became the Human Resources Minister, he increased the minimum wage in Malaysia from RM1,000 in the Peninsular and RM920 in East Malaysia to RM1,100 nationwide. The policy came into effect on the 1st of January 2019.
However, that was not his original plan. Initially, he revealed that the new Malaysia minimum wage will be at RM1,050. This means that the people working in the Peninsular will just have an increment of RM50.
Consequently, Kulasegaran was scrutinized by the public through the social media.
The, Kulasegaran increase the RM1,050 minimum wage to RM1,100. But two months after the new policy, Kulasegaran said that the ministry will review the minimum wage as RM1,100 salary can be too high for certain sectors.
Again, the minister received backlash in the social media.
On the other hand, the Harapan Manifesto stated that the minimum wage will be increase to RM1,500. Nevertheless, the manifesto is a five-year plan. So, if the government increase the minimum wage by RM100 every year, there is no doubt that the government will fulfill that promise.