12 Mar '12, 10pm

Cabinet sets min wage at RM800-RM900

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's Cabinet has approved a national minimum wage of between RM800 (S$333) and RM900 per month for the first time in the country's history, two government sources said, as Prime Minister Najib Razak looks to shore up incomes and votes ahead of widely expected elections this year. The sources, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue, told Reuters the minimum wage would depend on location. A government survey has said that RM760 per month roughly represents the poverty income line in Malaysia and the gross pay that workers take home in the manufacturing sector. "The Cabinet approved (the minimum wage) about two weeks ago and the government has explained this to industry groups," said a source with direct knowledge of the matter. "There is some reluctance, but we are moving on with it. The Prime Minister could announce it eit...

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