Concerns raised over minimum wage hike in Malaysia

The increase in workers’ wages will raise business cost and stall the economic recovery of businesses, said business organisation.
By: | May 4, 2022

The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) has raised concerns over Malaysia’s minimum wage hike to RM1,500 (US$344), citing that it may result in a steep increase in payroll costs and reverse business recovery for 2022.

The increase in workers’ wages will have a “tremendous knock-on effect” on the overall payroll cost and have a “spiralling impact on business cost that could potentially derail the economic recovery”, said President Tan Sri Soh Thian Lai.

“The industry has repeatedly affirmed that it is supportive of a review of the minimum wages but based on the current economic factors where the business environment continues to be fragile, a progressive adjustment with a RM150 increase in 2022 and a further increase of RM150 in 2023 to reach the RM1,500 minimum wage would be more manageable for the industry,” he noted in a statement. 

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“The small and medium enterprises, especially those in the suburban areas would be most impacted by this sharp rise in wage cost given that only the micro-enterprises will be exempted for a period of eight months until December 2022,” he added, reports Bernama