Thursday January 3, 2013
‘Review minimum wage policy’
MUAR: At least 25 small and medium-scale factory operators in Bakri want the Government to review the implementation of the minimum monthly salary for workers.
They claimed that the minimum wage policy only benefited foreign workers.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Nelson Khoo, who is Holzern Furniture Sdn Bhd managing director, said they could not afford such increments. “The operators are worried that a salary increase of RM300 for every worker would force the industries to increase the prices of their products.”
This might lead to buyers, especially those from overseas, to turn to countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and China, he added.
“When this happens, the small and medium-scale furniture industries will have to close their operations,” he said at a gathering to protest the new minimum wage policy at Bakri Industrial Park near Bukit Bakri yesterday.