New minimum wage burden to industry, say experts

Khoo Gek San

Data show that foreign workers account for 70% of the workforce in small- to medium-size enterprises while locals make up 30%. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, March 25, 2022.

INDUSTRIES that rely heavily on foreign labourers will feel the pinch in the sudden raising of the minimum wage effective May 1, experts said.

The increase in minimum wage will only benefit foreign workers as most locals already earn more than the minimum wage of RM1,500, they said.

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