‘There is precisely no safety net when in actual fact we should be taking about a trampoline for these marginalized and communities knocking at the extreme poverty doors?’
B40 GROUP SUPER SCREWED IN MINIMUM WAGE REQUEST SAYS MALAYSIA, ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE!
I am not surprised at the decision to raise the minimum wage from that insignificant increase, from the previous minimum set at RM1,000 in 2016 to the present RM1050.00!
As long as we keep taking recommendations from the current National Wage Consultative Council (NWCC) who to me have seriously flawed arguments and recommendations the rights, interests and needs of the B40 will be at risk!
As far as I am concerned the NWCC recommendations at best is half cooked, with no foresight, no roadmap, no direction which is progressive taking into account the financial reality on the ground with the escalation of cost of living and services!
I notice that I am not alone in my views as sitting MPs and members of the civil society support my observations on what I look as a betrayal of the workers groups and a continued support to the fat cats of industry!
I challenge the local media to indulge in some investigative journalism to disclose the salary and perks of senior management in the industry!
Were the decision makers and the bourgeoisie policy deliberators aware of a report that 52 percent of households do not have enough money to buy food in recent months, twelve percent of children have less than three meals a day, and one in three families do not have social protection such as EPF, Socso and insurance.
There is precisely no safety net, when in actual fact, we should be taking about a trampoline for these marginalized and communities knocking at the extreme poverty doors?
I am sure Malaysians have not forgotten that no other but our own Bank Negara in 2016 had estimated the living wage in Kuala Lumpur for example to be about RM2,700 for a single adult, RM4,500 for a couple without children and RM6,500 for a couple with two children.
So can the supposedly super brilliant, intelligent National Wage Consultative Council (NWCC) now enlighten us how this group at risk will now survive in current challengers where even the government handouts (BRIM) will be stopped?
Now I am aware of the claims, counter claims of the industry lobbyist and all their tricks of trade!
Are we not aware that the labor income for the respective geographical region is as follows: Africa (37.8 percent), Americas (49.3 percent), Asia (42.3 percent), Europe (63.2 percent) and Oceania (57.2 percent).
And as long as lame ducks and spineless policymakers bend over backwards with super KY Gel, to accommodate these industry demands to stifle an honest day’s wages which is the cry of all workers in several countries in this region, in APEC and others and unchallenged and changed – justice will never come for this group!
One final word!
Let us not fall for that lie either, that with a higher minimum wage would force companies to close down and lead to unemployment!
That to me is super fake news to protect the fat cats of industry!
The plain truth is the Labor rates in Malaysia have been suppressed for decades that there is a serious gap to market reality for a decent living!