Articles & Research



BNM study of Minimum Wages
Bank Negara Malaysia, the country’s Central Bank, comments on Malaysia’s Minimum Wages Policy and concludes that the policy would have a “positive impact” in the medium- to long-term. BNM also observes that the implementation of the policy is a positive step towards encouraging fairer wage structures and is in direct support of the country’s push towards high-income status.
Transformation Unplugged by Idris Jala
PEMANDU’s chief executive officer Datuk Seri Idris Jala talks about Malaysia’s pressing need for the implementation of Minimum Wages in this article. He talks about the economic, moral and nation-building dimensions of the new policy here.
Moving Forward and Raising Productivity by Dato’ Sri Idris Jala
Minimum Wages Nationwide Clinics Presentation Slides
Article: Minimum Wage Adoption Welcomed
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right To Food, Mr. Olivier de Schutter commended Malaysia on the introduction of the Minimum Wages Policy.
Speech By Honourable Minister of Human Resources in Conjunction with the Launching Ceremony of the Minimum Wages Portal
This speech is delivered by the Honourable Minister of Human Resources, Dato’ Sri Richard Riot Anak Jaem during the Launching Ceremony of the Minimum Wages Portal held on 3 December 2013 at Premiera Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
Implementation of Minimum Wages in Malaysia – An Article by Dato’ Seri Zainal Rahim Bin Seman, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Human Resources
The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Human Resources Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Zainal Rahim bin Seman, explains about the transformation of wages policy in Malaysia, emphasises the full enforcement of minimum wages beginning 1 January 2014 and urges employees to further enhance productivity and readapt to any innovative approaches employers may implement.
Living on minimum wage of RM900 a month: A personal account
It started with a bet. My sister Shashi dared me to live on RM900 a month. The Minimum Wages Order 2012 had just come into effect a few months ago. “Some people raise families on minimum wages. You are single, surely it can’t be that hard to try and live on minimum wage,” she said.
Minimum wage and the tyranny of public transport
 Last week, I elaborated on my challenge to try live on minimum wage to feel the pain of people within this wage bracket. I had a few advantages that other minimum wage earners didn’t: I would only use my RM900 to pay for food, transport and other necessities. The amount would not be used to pay my bills, mortgage etc. That meant I had RM30 per day to spend on food and transport. On paper, RM30 looks like quite a generous amount for a day especially for someone like me who is single and childless. But as I discovered, it was the public transport that messed up my budget, especially if there were taxis involved.
Living on minimum wage: Lessons learned about life and money
In an effort to curb my spending, I decided to live on RM900 a month for a few months. RM900 is the amount agreed upon as minimum wage in Peninsular Malaysia. In East Malaysia it is at RM800. I also wanted to “feel” how it would be to live on minimum wage, which works out to RM30 per day. Unlike other minimum wage earners who have to feed families, pay bills and other expenses, I would only use this amount for food, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses. On paper, RM30 per day for food and transport seemed reasonable enough. But as with some economic theories, what looks good on paper rarely translates well into practical life.
Working Life – The Story of the Minimum Wage in Australia by Sam Wallman
A creative illustration by the Australian Trade Union on the importance of minimum wages that may help provide better understanding and encouraging fairer wage structures in Malaysia. (
Minimum Wages Review
Minimum wages are being reviewed as stated in the National Wages Consultative Council Act 2011. The review is expected to be completed end of 2014 or the next year.
Dept to come down hard on employers who pay too little
A newspaper report on the enforcement progress of Minimum Wages implementation in the state of Sarawak.
JTK Prosecuted 148 Companies for Non-Compliance of Labour Laws
A newspaper report on the enforcement of labour law including National Wages Consultative Council Act 2011 in Peninsular Malaysia.
Improve the Country’s Labour Standards
A newspaper report on the ratification of International Labour Convention relating to minimum wages namely, Minimum Wage Fixing Convention, 1970 (C131) by the Minister of Human Resources in Geneva, Switzerland on 7 June 2016.