Pakatan Rakyat : DONíT GIVE LAME EXCUSES, JUSTIFY YOUR REASONS PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 January 2013

 

JARINGAN PEKERJA

 

MALAYSIA

 

C/O JERIT : 72 B, Taman Sri Langat, Jalan Reko, 43000 Kajang, Selangor

Tel/Fax : 03-87370766  Email:     www.jerit.org

 

 

PRESS STATEMENT 9/1/2012

 

DON’T GIVE LAME EXCUSES, JUSTIFY YOUR REASONS

PRIORITY TO THE WORKING CLASS

 

The Malaysian Workers Network (JPM) is extremely disappointed with Pakatan Rakyat parties’ outright rejection of the minimum wage of RM 1,500.00. 

The Workers Manifesto is the aspiration of the Malaysian workers and their expectation from the next ruling government.   The manifesto covers 5 main factors of livelihood i.e.  Minimum salary of RM 1,500, guarantee of basic rights, social security protection, health and safety and welfare of workers.

 

We are fully aware that the process of evolving the current draconian labour laws and system cannot be achieved overnight but at least let us move in the right direction.

 

Rafizi in his statement in FMT cited World Bank report when the Report is clearly classified as “not for citation”. Furthermore, out rightly rejecting the minimum wage of RM 1,500.00 based on the World Bank Report, a document prepared on the request of the Malaysian Government and classified as “not for citation” is not sound judgment or justified. The PKR Strategy Director, Rafizi Ramli’s sudden dependence on the World Bank Report, a document used by the BN Government is really baffling us. 

 

Indonesia, our neighboring country just in November 2012 gave its minimum wage a 40% increase from 1.5 million rupiah (approximately RM 472) to 2.2 million rupiah (approximately RM 692).   Even with this 40% increase the World Bank Report that used Indonesia in its case study for the Malaysian Minimum Wage at page 59 states that any negative impact of minimum wage in Indonesia, if there is any, is likely to be the upper bound of that in Malaysia.  

 

Even then, the Jakarta Globe on 6 November 2012 reported that Despite hefty minimum wage increases across the country next year, Indonesia remains an attractive destination for foreign companies due to the solid pace of its economic growth, global banks UBS and Deutsche Bank say. 

 

Hence, has the Pakatan Rakyat  Minimum Wage research team really done its research taking into consideration the criteria set for a minimum wage by the International Labour Organisation. Is Rafizi or the PR leadership aware of the rakyat’s cost of living and whether RM 1,100 is an adequate minimum wage? By saying RM 1500 is not viable, who is PR trying to protect, the 70% workers or the 1% capitalists and bosses?

 

JPM as a ntwork of the trade union and non-unionised workers has got the consensus from the general workers on the RM 1500 minimum wage demand after much debate and analysis. Based on our simple calculation collected from field survey, clearly RM 1500 is just not enough for a family of 4 (parents with 2 children).

 

 

Item

Expenses

RM

House rent

350.00

EPF (A+B)

 94.50

Socso

 10.00

Food(RM15x30x4 orang)

1,800.00

Education

100.00

Transport

300.00

Electric and water bill

180.00

Other expenses

300.00

Total

3,134.50

 

 

 

Based on this very modest budget, even RM 1,500 per person, with the assumption of 2 people working is not enough to sustain a family of 4, what more RM 1,100. This is not including savings, health, car service, childcare services, emergency expenses etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Also taking into account the income per capita figure which is RM26, 420 per year per Malaysian citizen, which means each Malaysian roughly should be taking home RM 2,201 as a wage, the demand for RM 1,500 minimum wage is very reasonable and has a basis. Thus, for PKR to out rightly reject the RM 1500 demand for minimum wage without knowing the rationale of the workers is akin to the pot (PKR) calling the cattle (BN) black.

 

PKR, if it wishes to be the Rakyat’s aspiration has to be more engaging with the workers to find out what is the rationale behind this demand, rather than jumping into conclusions and rejecting the demand for a minimum wage of RM 1,500.00. Thus, the Malaysian Workers Network (JPM) would like to invite the PKR and PR representative to a round table discussion on the minimum wage of RM 1,500.00.  We urge PR to engage with us.

 

Give priority to the working class ; take time to listen to the workers’ grouses. We want a government that listens to its people’s aspirations and not make sweeping statements that would have an adverse impact on the man on the street.  

 

We urge Pakatan Rakyat  not to repeat past mistakes. This is a golden time for PR to offer friendly hand and cooperation to the working class rather than shutting us down.

 

For further information, kindly contact  Sivaranjani – 010-2402159

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