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Is a RM3,500 minimum monthly wage for skilled Malaysian workers something impossible?
Two Syeds from Pakatan seem to think so and have protested via their Twitter and blog. I really don't know what their problem is. Instead of standing in the way, these Syeds should have welcomed Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi's proposal. For the sake of these workers, they should even volunteer to assist in any way. Should it turn out that RM3,500 as a minimum wage for skilled workers (and RM5,000 by 2030) is NOT doable at all, they can start poking fun at Zahid. And demand his resignation.
But I have a feeling the DPM has done his homework. He seems so sure of the idea that he's even asked the relevant ministry to establish a Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Council and recruit him as its Chairman.
“I am offering myself to chair and coordinate the TVET Council as I wish to promote the development of TVET, including the push for higher minimum wage.
"At the moment, the number of skilled workers in the country stands at 28 per cent, which is lower than the 43 per cent benchmark for a developed country.” - RM3,500 minimum wage for skilled workers proposed
The current minimum pay for skilled workers in Malaysia is RM1,200. Foreign skilled workers in Malaysia are guaranteed a minimum salary of RM3,500 a month.
How one of the Pakatan Syeds responded to Zahid's minimum wage for skilled workers:
... and how some of his commenters responded to him:
Aah, I can't seem to find the other Syed's blog posting now ...