Minimum wage raised to 1,100 ringgit

KATHMANDU: The Malaysian government on Friday announced that it will raise the minimum wage of workers to 1,100 ringgit per month effective from January 1, 2019.

Presenting the budget for 2019, Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng announced the wage increment for workers, as per The Star Online of Malaysia. Prior to this, workers in Malaysia had been getting a minimum of 900 ringgit per month.

This decision of the Malaysian government will directly benefit Nepali workers already in Malaysia and also those planning to book their ticket to Malaysia soon for work. Malaysia is one of the major work destinations for Nepali migrants.

However, the supply of Nepali workers to Malaysia has been halted since the last six months. After a labour agreement was signed between the two countries recently supply of Nepali workers to Malaysia is expected to resume soon.