Half of Malaysian workers earn below decent wage level

Sheridan Mahavera

Workers at a coconut plantation in Perak dehusking fruits. There are fewer young people working at coconut groves as most of them migrate to cities in search of better-paying jobs to cope with rising living costs. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Hasnoor Hussain, February 23, 2019.

ONE in two working Malaysians earns less than RM2,160 a month, below the RM2,700 Putrajaya considers a decent living wage to meet the rise in costs, said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

He told The Malaysian Insight that only half of the country’s 14.5 million workers contribute to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), noting that 30% of the seven million contributors earn less than RM1,000 a month. 

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