Guan Eng: Cabinet ministers ‘heartless’ to allow grads to work for less than minimum wage

Guan Eng: Cabinet ministers ‘heartless’ to allow grads to work for less than minimum wage

PUCHONG: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng has blasted ministers for sensitive remarks, “heartlessly ask graduates to be grateful” for being employed at all, even if the pay is below the national minimum wage of RM1,200 a month.

The Bagan MP in a statement today said the human resources minister M Saravanan, supposed to enforce minimum wages rather than tell graduates it’s better to accept low-wage work than to be unemployed.

Meanwhile, Economics minister Mustapa Mohamed remarks were akin to “rubbing salt into the wound” saying that graduates with RM1,000 per month jobs should be grateful to have a job. This is derisory and derogatory of job seekers, especially graduates.

“No graduate would be grateful to a government that has failed to create new jobs and caused unemployment to rise to 4.9% in January 2021, with youth unemployment at a record 13.5%.”

Lim said the comments by both Saravanan and Mustapa contradicted the National Wages Consultative Council Act 2011, which imposes a RM10,000 fine on companies for each employee earning less than the mandated minimum.

“Ministers must help employees receive at least the minimum wage, not aid and abet employers paying less than this.”

He added that with the national poverty line revised to RM2,208 last year, ensuring employers respect the minimum wage standards is of utmost importance.

“The PN government is not only rolling back the labour reforms carried out by the previous PH government, but they are also oppressing workers’ rights by refusing to respect the statutory minimum wage.” he said.