Media Statement by Chiew Chin Sing, State Assemblyman for Kidurong, Sarawak, Sarawak DAP Deputy Chairman and DAP Bintulu Branch Chairman on the 9th of June 2012.
State Assemblyman for Kidurong Chiew Chin Sing said that the government ought to assist all businesses and industries, and especially the small and medium ones, when implementing the minimum wage law so as to ensure that they will not face unnecessary losses and troubles. This is to ensure win win for both the employer and the employee.
With the implementation of the minimum wage law, we can imagine the impact and the chain reaction it could have on the market. It could cause inflation or could even bankrupt a business, or perhaps mass workers retrenchment.
That is why many are worried about the implementation of the act and I hope that the government can understand them and come up with guidelines so that the whole thing can be properly implemented.
More importantly the government need to set up a fund to help these business as a temporary measure to shoulder their burden till they can do it on their own. Give them tax breaks or incentives so that they can have more avenues to choose instead of just retrenchment or hiking the prices.
I believe with sincere effort on the part of the government, we can overcome the problems brought about by the implementation of the minimum wage law.
At the same time I wish to urge the government to promise also that our daily need items like cooking oil, sugar, milk powder etc will not go up in prices and that our electricity and fuel prices will go down.
Chiew Chin Sing.