Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / MTMA seeks withdrawal of minimum wage policy
MTMA seeks withdrawal of minimum wage policy
22
Jan '14
The Malaysian Textile Manufacturers Association (MTMA) has urged the Government to withdraw the minimum wage policy for foreign workers, so as to ensure the survival of its members, Malaysian National News Agency Bernama reported.
 
The Malaysian Government has said that the Minimum Wages Order 2012 for foreign workers would be fully implemented from this month, which means that employers can no longer deduct charges against levy, accommodation and/or other benefits from the salary of foreign workers.
 
The Minimum Wages Order 2012 requires employers with six employees and above to pay a minimum wage of RM900 a month in the peninsula or RM800 a month in Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan.
 
In a statement, MTMA said the nature of textile and apparel industry is such that all workers need to undergo six-month intensive training before they can be productive, and a minimum wage of RM900 per month even during the training period creates a huge burden and it affects the competitiveness of Malaysian industry in the global market.
 
Andrew Hong, chief executive officer of MTMA, said the new wage structure is creating unhappiness amongst experienced workers as they are being paid the same wages as the new recruits. Moreover, the new minimum wage for foreign workers has spread unhappiness amongst local workers as they are paid RM630 during the probationary period of six months.
 
Hence, the association appealed to the Government to allow the domestic textile and apparel industry to implement a probationary period of three to six months for foreign workers, when they would be paid a minimum wage of RM630 per month, with the employers bearing the levy cost during the period.
 
The MTMA further urged the Government to relax the requirements for recruitment of foreign workers, so that the garment units can employ more foreign workers and reduce the overtime cost, in order to remain competitive.
 
In 2013, Malaysian textile and apparel exports are estimated to have earned RM9.5 billion in foreign exchange.
 
The Malaysian textile and garment industry employs about 85,000 people, of whom around 50 percent are foreigners.
 

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 19th Sep 2017

Karl Mayer expands service operations in Asia

Karl Mayer, a world leader in the production of warp knitting and...

Textiles | On 19th Sep 2017

Welspun bags Made in Green label by Oeko-Tex

Welspun, a leading home textiles manufacturer, has been awarded Made...

Courtesy: SGS

Textiles | On 19th Sep 2017

SGS expands testing facilities in Naucalpan, Mexico

SGS has expanded testing facilities in Naucalpan, Mexico, creating a...

Interviews View All

Dharmendra Shah
Ozone PB Spintex Limited

‘We have made huge investments to ensure quality yarn production.’

Binoy Ravjani
Hero's Fashion

‘One of the recent trends in hand block printing is the indigo process,...

Sachin Sharma
Gem Enviro Management Pvt Ltd

There are no significant differences between virgin yarn and PET recycled...

Steve Cole
Xerium Technologies

Steve Cole of Xerium Technologies discusses the industry. Xerium is the...

Kevin Nelson
TissueGen

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Urs Stalder
Sanitized AG

Urs Stalder, CEO, Sanitized AG, talks about the increasing use of hygiene...

Prathyusha Garimella
Prathyusha Garimella

Hyderabad-based designer <b>Prathyusha Garimella</b> is known for blending ...

Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao
Nayaab

Nayaab, an exhibition meant to celebrate Indian weaves, is in its second...

Robert Brunner
Devereux

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

September 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
74.5%
No
12.8%
Skip
12.8%

Total Votes: 47

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
61.7%
No
25.5%
Skip
12.8%

Total Votes: 47

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
87.2%
No
6.4%
Skip
6.4%

Total Votes: 47

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
70.2%
No
10.6%
Skip
19.1%

Total Votes: 47


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search