Lim Guan Eng has accused BN is favored foreigners by giving them same minimum wage with local workers is just another political polemic.
Let say PR is running Federal government after GE13 by keeping its promise to pay RM 1,500 for local workers as listed in the Orange Book. Take my word carefuly, PR will not keep its promise of RM 1,500 minimum wage judging from their responses on RM 900 minimum wage policy implemented by BN government.
In case I were wrong, PR government adjusts the minimum wage to RM 1,500 for all local workers in every sector.
Does PR has political will to deport 3 to 5 million foreign workers to force local employers hire locals only?
Do you think Malaysian employers will hire RM 500 foreign workers or RM 1,500 local workers for a same type of job?
Please use your brain, not your ball to think and talk unless you want to be a politician like Lim Guan Eng and Chua Soi Lek.
Kudos to BN government for adhering to the minimum wage policy for foreign workers after intense pressure from the employers to exempt them from the new policy.
Let me stress here that the minimum wage should be the basic salary excluding allowances, overtime pay, incentives and other fringe benefits for the employees and contract workers.
The minimum wage policy for foreign workers is to force local employers to hire more local workers instead of depending on the seemingly unlimited supply of cheap foreign workers, and go for mechanization and automation for productivity improvement.
The employers from local and foreign companies have been exploiting low wages for the past 30 years and the pathetic result is that 80% of Malaysian household income is still at below RM 3000 per month. The net wages growth for the working class does not correspond with the GDP growth over the last 30 years.
The Gini Coefficient, a missing yet critical economical indicator in the national budget has been exceeded the 0.40 red line for last few years is a sign of uneven and unjust wealth distribution amongst the Malaysians. The World Bank estimated that 80% of our national wealth is in the hands of 15% Malaysians and the income gap for haves and have-nots is at least 20 times.
Bank Negara should publish the Gini Coefficient yearly under the transparency and accountability principle to support economic transformation policy.
Local companies should move out their businesses to any country with cheaper labor cost like Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, etc. if they find the labor cost is too prohibitive and uncompetitive for them to stay in Malaysia.
It’s high time for Malaysia to focus on high value-added and high technology industries and services to achieve high income nation status and break away from the middle income trap.
PR especially the DAP seems too have backtracked on the minimum wage policy by attending demonstrations organized by local employers to protest against the minimum wage for foreign workers. There is also no demand for a RM1,500 minimum wage at the KL112 rally.
As seen in The Star, http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/1/18/focus/12591898&sec=focus
This letter by Ashok Kumar in the Star is another good read, Give workers their due share.
Subra: Minimum wage policy will set number of foreign workers
KUALA LUMPUR: The government will review the need for foreign workers in accordance with the recently implemented minimum wage policy as this will promote greater employment opportunities for local workers.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said yesterday a special committee under his ministry had been set up to channel foreign workers to sectors that would need their labour or could afford to pay them according to the minimum wage policy.
He was speaking after delivering his keynote address at the 2nd Datacentre Malaysia Conference and Exhibition.
The floor wage of RM900 and RM800 per month for the peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak took effect this month.
“The minimum wage policy will go on and we will not backtrack on it.”
On Tuesday, Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan had said implementation of the policy was expected to cause about 50,000 foreigners working in petrol stations to lose their jobs this year.
Read more: Subra: Minimum wage policy will set number of foreign workers – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/subra-minimum-wage-policy-will-set-number-of-foreign-workers-1.202881#ixzz2ICCb3M5S