Aeon Malaysia raised the minimum salary in hopes to alleviate its employees living costs.
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Aeon Co and Aeon BiG have raised the minimum wage for Grade G employees to RM1,500 per month from RM1,200 effective on 1 January 2022, earlier than the government mandate.
The retailer said the amount was the basic salary and did not include allowances or other incentives.
The company raised the minimum wage in hopes that it’ll help ease the cost of living of its employees.
The decision made is based on their best interests and welfare to help alleviate the living cost as well as in support of the recommendations by the Government, thus the swift implementation.Chief Human Resources Officer cum Director of Corporate Communication Kasuma Satria Mat Jadi.
Prior to this, Aeon raised the minimum wage from RM1,100 to RM1,200 per month on 1 February 2020 during the presentation of the 2020 Budget.
Not everyone agreed to raise the minimum wage
Previously, Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan said the minimum wage should be raised to RM1,500 as soon as possible before the year ends.
However, the decision still lies in the hands of the Cabinet.
Despite the benefits of raising the minimum wage, the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) voiced concerns about the matter and urged the government to scrap the proposal.
MEF President Datuk Syed Hussain Syed Husman said most businesses in Malaysia are micro, small and medium enterprises, that may not be able to afford to raise the minimum wages.
Instead, Syed Hussain said the government should focus on business recovery and controlling rising costs to help the rakyat.