Subra: Minimum wage policy will set number of foreign workers
KUALA LUMPUR: The government will review the need for foreign workers in accordance with the recently implemented minimum wage policy as this will promote greater employment opportunities for local workers.
Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said yesterday a special committee under his ministry had been set up to channel foreign workers to sectors that would need their labour or could afford to pay them according to the minimum wage policy.
He was speaking after delivering his keynote address at the 2nd Datacentre Malaysia Conference and Exhibition.
The floor wage of RM900 and RM800 per month for the peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak took effect this month.
"The minimum wage policy will go on and we will not backtrack on it."
On Tuesday, Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Maznah Mazlan had said implementation of the policy was expected to cause about 50,000 foreigners working in petrol stations to lose their jobs this year.