Better wages should be based on productivity rather than raising minimum wage, says association advisor

Cargo vessel workers have longer working hours.

By William Isau

SIBU, Feb 27: A better take-home pay should be based on productivity rather than raising the minimum wage.

Sarawak Bus Transport Company Association adviser Lau Khing Seng said today that he wanted the minimum wage maintained at RM1,200, which would be complemented by an additional RM300 to make it to RM1,500 if an employee works 26 days a month.

“There are some employees who work according to their whims and fancy. For example, once they receive financial aid from the government, they will not come to work. So, the number of days they worked is less than 26 days a month,” he said.

Lau said when an employee has worked up to 26 days a month, they will get an additional RM300 as a bonus to make it to RM1,500.

“This way, it will make everybody work harder. If they work harder, they will earn more. This will be good for employers also as the company can achieve a higher productivity rate,” he said.

Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan had recently said the government wants to revise minimum wages from the current RM1,200 to RM1,500 by the end of this year.

Saravanan said the government is studying the possibility of increasing the minimum wage, which currently stands at RM1,200, to attract potential employees who might otherwise lean towards the gig economy or those that allow them to work from home. — DayakDaily