Closing the Gap: From Minimum Wage to Living Wage in Malaysia

This week’s ASLI Insights: tl;dr delves into the recent “Living on the Edge” report by UNICEF and UNFPA. It highlights the ongoing challenges faced by Malaysians post-COVID-19 and sheds light on the insufficiency of the current minimum wage. The report also finds that Malaysians prefer higher wages over other policies to alleviate their burdens.

The Malaysian government also responded to the report, with a commitment to review the suggestions comprehensively. The government will also be conducting a pilot progressive wage programme with various stakeholder involvement. Additionally, there was a recent 13% pay hike for civil servants announced by the prime minister, who urged the private sector to join in the spirit of wage increase.

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