The revision of Minimum Wage in Malaysia/ Semakan semula Gaji Minimum di Malaysia

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Tujuan petisyen ini adalah untuk menyampaikan kehendak dan keprihatinan kita dengan berhormat dan bijaksana kepada anggota Parlimen kita. Kami berharap rancangan tindakan yang sistematik disusun untuk menaikkan gaji minimum di Malaysia supaya dapat memberi manfaat kepada kelas pekerja sekaligus menarik masuk pelaburan tempatan dan asing.

Sejak kata-kata "MERDEKA, MERDEKA, MERDEKA", dilaungkan pada tahun 1957, negara kita telah bangkit dari abu dan muncul sebagai salah satu ekonomi terbesar di Asia Tenggara dan telah berjaya mengurangkan kadar kemiskinan, jurang pendapatan dan berjaya mempelbagaikan ekonomi kita yang hanya berasaskan komoditi kepada lebih banyak perkhidmatan dalam pelbagai sector.

Walau bagaimamapun, dengan semua kemajuan yang telah kita capai, ada satu bidang yang telah ditinggalkan oleh para eksekutif kita yang dihormati: Gaji Minimum di Malaysia. Upah minimum nampaknya ketinggalan dan tidak maju selaras dengan semua perkembangan lain di negara ini, dan walaupun gaji minimum telah meningkat sepanjang tahun ini, ianya masih belum menunjukkan kenaikan yang menguntungkan rakyat Malaysia.

Baru- baru ini, satu artikel surat khabar dari tahun 1969 telah menarik perhatian  rakyat Malaysia kerana artikel tersebut telah  menyatakan walaupun dengan kenaikan kos sara  hidup,  gaji minimum RM 1200 * hari ini, lebih rendah daripada pendapatan purata RM 1500 seorang rakyat Malaysia, 50 tahun yang lalu.

Tidak dinafikan bahawa kenaikan gaji minimum mungkin menjadi penghalang untuk pelaburan asing di Malaysia. Namun demikian, kami percaya bahawa negara kami telah melewati usia buruh yang 'murah dan cepat'. Kami mahu dibayar gaji yang sesuai dengan kualiti dan set keterampilan diri yang kami miliki, yang dikembangkan oleh pendidikan dan latihan yang berkualiti tinggi di Malaysia. Kami yakin bahawa syarikat pelabur akan menyedari kecekapan dan kualiti tenaga kerja Malaysia dan akan terus melabur ke negara ini.

Berdasarkan laporan Bank Dunia April 2020, jika rakyat Malaysia terus mengikuti cara ini, negara kita dapat mencapai peralihan penuh daripada ekonomi berpendapatan sederhana ke ekonomi berpendapatan tinggi menjelang tahun 2024. Ekonomi pendapatan tinggi akan memberi kesan yang mendalam kepada SEMUA rakyat Malaysia dari segi melonjakkan status politik, ekonomi dan sosial kita.

Kami berharap bahawa petisyen ini akan menjadi titik permulaan perubahan untuk Malaysia yang lebih aman dan lebih bahagia.

Keranamu, Malaysia.

 

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The purpose of this petition is to respectfully yet tactfully voice our concerns and appeal to our Members of Parliament. We hope that a systematic action plan is set out, in order to raise the minimum wage in Malaysia, empowering the working class and to continue attracting local and foreign investments.

Since the words “MERDEKA, MERDEKA, MERDEKA”, were roared in 1957, our nation has risen from the ashes and emerged as one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia,; curtailing high poverty rates, reducing income inequalities, and successfully diversifying our economy.

However, with all of the progress we have made, there is one area which seems to have been left behind by our respected executives: The Minimum Wage in Malaysia. The minimum wage seems to fall behind all other developments we make in this country, and although it has been increased throughout the years, the minimum wage has yet to see any substantial increase which would benefit all Malaysians. A 1969 newspaper article which has recently surfaced online, has caught the attention of many Malaysians as the article seems to indicate that the minimum wage of RM 1200* today, is lower than the average income of RM 1500 of a Malaysian 50 years ago, even with the increasing cost of living.

It is true that increasing the minimum wage, may seem as a deterrence for foreign investment in Malaysia. However so, we believe our country has moved past the age of ‘cheap and quick’ labour and we now want to be paid in accordance with the quality and skill set we possess. These have been developed by the high quality of education and training set in Malaysia. We believe, that firms will recognize the efficiency and quality of our Malaysian workforce and will continue investing into the nation.

Based on the April 2020 World Bank report, if Malaysians continue on our current trajectory, our country is expected to achieve a full transition from an upper middle- income economy to a high- income economy by the year 2024. A high- income economy would have a ripple effect for ALL Malaysians; propelling our political, economical, and social status.

Bearing that in mind, we hope that that this petition will be the start to a change, towards a better, happier Malaysia.

Keranamu, Malaysia.