Don’t misinterpret, warns Mahfuz

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Employers are warned not to deliberately misinterpret the rule on the minimum wage to underpay employees, said Human Resources Deputy Minister Datuk Mahfuz Omar.

“Basic wage must be offered according to the qualification, skills and experience of the employee and not by the imposed minimum wage,” Mahfuz told reporters on the sidelines of Kota Samarahan career carnival at a shopping complex here yesterday.

“Minimum wage means that employers are prohibited from paying their workers any lower than the regulated minimum,” he said.

He also called for underpaid employees to bring their complaints to the Labour Department if such cases happened.

“They shouldn’t be scared that their identities would be revealed and as a result, lose their jobs. The Labour Department will protect the identities of the complainants,” Mahfuz assured.

“We will also monitor employers to check whether they are following the regulations set by the ministry.”

Mahfuz revealed that the last time they checked on employers, there were still those who did not abide by the regulations.

On whether they had taken actions against the offenders, he said the ministry could only advise employers persistently and provide guidelines on wage structure.

“We have set a guideline on salaries that employees are entitled to, from SKM (Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia) to diploma and degree levels. I hope that employers can benefit from the guideline.