Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Ismail Abd Muttalib said employers have already been granted two postponements with regards to the minimum wage policy’s implementation, and all companies are expected to comply when the regulation comes into effect in April.
The minimum wage policy was initially meant to be implemented in January this year, but was pushed to April after employers said they needed more time to prepare.
However, Datuk Ismail told New Straits Times (NST) the government will “no longer compromise with errant employers”, adding errant employers will face stiff fines if they don’t comply.
Those found breaking the law could face a fine of RM10,000 per worker, while repeat offenders will be fined RM1,000 per worker per day, on top of a RM20,000 fine or a five-year jail term, or both.
Under the new wage policy, workers in Sabah and Sarawak should receive a minimum wage of RM800; those working in the peninsula are entitled to a minimum wage of RM900.
NST also reported as of February 28, 1.7% of employers in Malaysia had not implemented the minimum wage.