• Jonathan Shiek

Minister Gets Flamed For Telling Graduates To Be Grateful For Low Income Jobs

I’m sure you’ve heard some friends earning more in an internship than a full timer in a company, and well, that should not be a norm! Minister working in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy), Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed angered Malaysians by telling graduates to be “grateful” to have a job even if it doesn’t pay much as there are graduates who can’t even score a job right now.

There’s a surge of angry comments coming from the younger generation of Malaysians:

“You wanna set minimum wage but items semua you wanna raise banyak.”

“Understandable, but following that logic, why didn’t we hear the officials salary decreasing as well? I mean they don’t need fancy cars, expensive watches, big houses to operate as an elected government official. Especially not in this pandemic. Why don’t you try living with 1200 and see how grateful can you be sir.”

“The problem is not the salary itself. It’s the inflation of prices that causes the need for a higher salary.”

His comment on low income jobs was due to the weak job market in Malaysia caused by the pandemic which led the country’s economy to contract to 5.6%. “Salary cannot be forced, but the minimum wage can be set at RM1,200. The others will follow market conditions so last year’s market was weak.”

The minister also went on to reassure that Malaysia’s economy is slowly recovering this year, and that the demand for labour market might go up along with salaries. He added that the government cannot force or set high salaries because it depends on the expertise and skills possessed by individuals.

Good news, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said that the government expects the starting salary for fresh graduates entering the job market to be increased by mid 2021 as the economy is slowly improving.

What do you think about this? Do you agree or disagree with his statement?


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