Recently I had a chat with a friend who came from Semenanjung. A nice chap and was on Sabah for a business meeting with another friend of mine. We had an interesting conversation at a very nice restaurant at KK Times Square. I’m obviously impressed with his knowledge and experience on many matters, including business and I must say that it was a great pleasure having that conversation with him. Thank you bro, I hope to see you again sometime.
We moved from one topic to another. Gomen contract to laws to software systems that his company are supplying to gomen, etc. We touched on current political scenario and of course the coming election. Well, that will remain our private conversation and nothing will be written or rather typed here.
One topic that we touched that night was on the implementation of Minimum Wage in Malaysia. He obviously supports the Act and eager to see the enforcement of such law. He strongly believe that the Act will not only raise the standard of living of Malaysians, but will also stop the influx of foreigners in the country. Another important thing that he raised that night was that, he believes, by enforcing the Act, many of the illegal businesses or selfish employers will have to “gulung tikar“, thus leaving the market for genuine business people only. I had my counter argument (as always), but I’m leaving to you guys to give your opinions on this matter.
By the way, here’s a newspaper report relating to the title of this post.
PETALING JAYA (Sept 17, 2012): The RM900 minimum wage set by the government for Peninsular Malaysia should also be set for Sabah and Sarawak, said non-governmental organisation (NGO) Oppressed People Network (Jerit). “What is the rationale of providing a minimum wage below the poverty line in east Malaysia? The cost of living in east Malaysia is 30-40% higher than in Peninsular Malaysia,” said Jerit. The NGO also called for wealth redistribution to reduce the income disparity in Sabah and Sarawak, noting that they are rich with natural resources.
- Read more at The SunDaily
- NGO Says Set Minimum Wage At RM900