Malaysia Increases Minimum Wage

By Ayman Falak Medina

February 26, 2020

The Malaysian government has increased the minimum wage for major towns under 56 city and municipality councils. The new wage hike came into force on February 1, 2020.

Employees are now eligible to receive 1,200 ringgits (US$283) monthly, an increase of 100 ringgits (US$23) from 2019. Furthermore, for employees earning an hourly wage, the rate has been increased to 5.77 ringgits (US$1.36) from 5.29 ringgits (US$1.25).

The planned increase was part of the government’s 2020 budget and part of the drive to modernize the country’s workforce.

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