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Rafizi tables White Paper on progressive wage policy to prioritise SMEs; workers paid below RM5,000 eligible

Publish date: Thu, 30 Nov 2023, 04:37 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 — The incentive-driven voluntary opt-in progressive wage programme will prioritise workers in small and medium enterprises, Minister of Economy Rafizi Ramli said in Parliament today as he tabled the much-anticipated White Paper on the progressive wage policy.

In it, he detailed the delivery mechanism of a policy proposal that has drawn support from workers but scepticism from employers.

Rafizi said companies defined as “entry-level” that voluntarily opts in will be given up to RM200 per worker for the first 12 months, on the condition that they raise salaries yearly either by matching or paying more.

Companies at the “non-entry level” will receive RM300 per worker, he added.

For the first year of the policy, the proposal is to cap eligibility for workers earning between the minimum wage and RM5,000, the minister said.

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