National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students (PKPIM) Ahmad Farhan Rosli urged the government to start reviewing the minimum wage for graduates.
Farhan said that the government should study the settings of the minimum wages based on locality because living needs defer between urban and rural areas.
He proposed that the minimum salary should be around RM1800-RM2300.
This statement from Farhan was given after Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy), Mustapa Mohamed said that graduates need to be patient and grateful if they get a job opportunity despite the low salary.
Farhan highlighted that Mustapa should be more rational and sensitive in giving statement regarding the wages of graduates as it will look like the government is underestimating them.
Farhan added that right now is the perfect time to study the right amount of graduates wage.
Belia Harmoni Malaysia (Harmoni Malaysia) Huzayl Mohammad Noor Sia also criticized the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) in regards to the minimum salary for graduates.
Huzayl said that the statement from the minister is belittling the graduates.
Despite the economic downturn, Huzayl stressed that Mustafa should work to improve the economy in order to increase graduate salaries.