KOTA KINABALU: The minimum wage in Sabah must be standardised with the rate in Peninsular Malaysia, which is much more higher.
“The cost of living in Sabah is much more higher but our minimum wage is lower. We have to address this matter,” said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
It was understood that there were some pressures from the employers in Sabah objecting to the minimum wage hike due to limitations on their part, he said.
But, Shafie who is also State Finance Minister said the State Government wanted this issue be addressed so as to attract more youths in particular to work.
“We will try to resolve this the best we can because we want people to work and able to sustain their living,” he said.
Met after launching the Job Fair 5.0 in conjunction with the Career Roadshow organised by the State Labour Department at Oceanus Waterfront here today, he said people would not be attracted to work if the wage remained static.
Nonetheless, he said that once the minimum wage in Sabah has been increased it should be reciprocated by the workers in increasing productivity.
Earlier, Shafie said the State Education and Innovation Ministry had been directed to have an engagement with Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) to formulate plans to match graduates qualification with the job market demand.
It would not be beneficial to have graduates but unable to secure jobs simply because there was no demand for them in the market, he said.
Towards this end, Shafie said the State Government was also reviewing the Yayasan Sabah scholarship disbursement system to ensure qualifications of its beneficiaries are in demand.
On the Job Fair, he hoped job seekers would take advantage of the opportunity to find job from the 2,000 vacancies.
He also advised them not to be too choosy and only look for easy and light jobs but importantly they should secure employment that could provide them the necessities in life.
Later, Shafie accompanied by Minister of People’s Health and Wellbeing, Stephen Wong and State Labour Director, Kamal Pardi presented the awards to employers giving extra care to their special people workers, namely KFC and BTC, among others.
The Chief Minister and entourage also visited the various booths where job seekers can apply for the more than 2,000 jobs available.-SabahNewsToday