Former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar said the country’s current monthly minimum wage of RM1,200 can be revised upwards as the government has the capacity to accommodate the increment. Abdul Wahid, who is currently the chairman of Bursa Malaysia, said this can be done gradually over a period of time to give businesses enough time to plan accordingly. This would also encourage them to enhance automation and improve their processes, subsequently creating more high-value jobs for local workers, he said.
“It is important for all employers to ensure that their employees are sufficiently remunerated and are provided with good facilities, as well as a safe and conducive working environment. “I think there is actually room for wages to be increased over time, but what is important for the government (is) to set a long-term or medium-term target,” he told a virtual press conference on the sidelines of the virtual 2021 APAC Summit in Kuala Lumpur today. The minimum wage was last revised in February 2020.