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MCA denies speaking for wealthy in minimum wage implementation issue

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 1 (Bernama) -- The MCA strongly disagrees with the allegation made by the Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MUTC) that the party speaks for the wealthy in raising the issue of the minimum wage implementation.

Its president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said MCA proposed that the levy and transportation as well as housing allowances should be borne by the foreign workers.

"We support the implementation of minimum wage. Our proposal does not apply to local workers.

"The rationale for us to make the above proposal is to ensure the foreign workers do not earn more than local workers as with the implementation of RM900 minimum wage and allowances which local workers could not get to enjoy, the foreign workers are actually earning more," he said in statement, today.

Dr Chua said this was unfair not just to the local workers but also the employers who have to bear the additional cost.

He said the increase of the additional cost may also cause many employers to close their business especially the Small and Medium Enterprises.

"As a result, the employees will lose their jobs and be the ones to suffer later," he said.

MTUC Secretary-General Abdul Halim Mansor through a statement on Jan 24, had criticised the MCA for its alleged demand for a reversal of the minimum wage policy and slammed the party as a spokesman for the wealthy.

Dr Chua said, MCA welcomed the Cabinet decision that foreign workers now have to bear their own levy but this was not enough by shifting the levy alone to them.

"We insist that the allowances of the foreign workers should be included in their minimum wage.

He also stressed that MCA supported the local workers to enjoy the RM900 minimum wage a month on top of any other allowances and urge the public to not be confused that the party was against the minimum wage.

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