KUALA LUMPUR — March 22, 2018: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi has proposed that the minimum wage for Malaysian skilled workers be set at RM3,500 per month instead of the current estimated RM1,200.
This is to match the minimum wage of migrant skilled workers here as well as to encourage more young Malaysians to take up the technical and vocational education and training (TVET).
“We must raise the minimum wage of Malaysian skilled workers to at least match that offered to skilled workers from abroad,” he said after opening the inaugural TVET Expo at the Putra World Trade Centre.
He projected that the minimum should be at RM5,000 by 2030.
“Why must we recruit migrant skilled workers for RM3,500? To me, it’s very unfair. That is why I am offering myself to chair and to coordinate the TVET Malaysia Council because I would like to see the products of TVET Malaysia enjoy a higher minimum wage,” he said. — Bernama