The Minimum Wage In These 57 Malaysian Cities Will Be Raised To RM1,200 Starting January

The minimum wage remains at RM1,100 a month for the rest of the country.

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The government has decided to raise the minimum wage to RM1,200 in major towns under 57 city and municipality councils effective 1 January 2020

According to Bernama, the Human Resources Ministry (MOHR) released a statement stating that this was in line with the tabling of Budget 2020 and the decision of the cabinet on 6 December to implement a minimum wage of RM1,200 per month in major towns.

MOHR also said that the minimum wage would be applicable to all workers in the private sector

However, it is not applicable for domestic service, as stipulated in the Minimum Wages Order 2018.

The government's decision to increase the rate in major towns was done to assist workers in these areas to cope with the increased cost of living.

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The areas listed are:


  • Johor Bahru,
  • Iskandar Puteri,
  • Batu Pahat,
  • Kluang,
  • Kulai,
  • Muar,
  • Segamat, and
  • Pasir Gudang.
Kuala Lumpur


  • Alor Setar,
  • Kulim,
  • Sungai Petani,
  • Langkawi, and
  • Kubang Pasu.


  • Kota Bharu


  • Alor Gajah,
  • Jasin, and
  • Hang Tuah Jaya.

Negri Sembilan

  • Seremban,
  • Nilai,
  • Port Dickson, and
  • Jempol.


  • Kuantan,
  • Temerloh, and
  • Bentong.


  • Seberang Perai


  • Ipoh,
  • Manjung,
  • Kuala Kangsar,
  • Taiping, and
  • Teluk Intan.


  • Kangar



  • Kota Kinabalu,
  • Sandakan,
  • Tawau, and
  • Labuan.

  • Miri,
  • North Kuching,
  • South Kuching,
  • Padawan,
  • Sibu,
  • Kota Samarahan, and
  • Bintulu.

  • Shah Alam,
  • Petaling Jaya,
  • Ampang Jaya,
  • Kajang,
  • Klang,
  • Selayang,
  • Subang Jaya, and
  • Sepang.


  • Kuala Terengganu,
  • Kemaman, and
  • Dungun.

Meanwhile, the minimum wage rate will continue to be reviewed to ensure that it corresponds with current needs

MOHR also said that the government's objective is to raise the minimum wage to RM1,500 a month within the first five years of the Pakatan Harapan administration.

During the #Budget2020, the government also announced that women and youth who return to work will receive an incentive of RM500:

Here's what else was discussed during the tabling of #Budget2020:

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