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Nepal – Government halts work approval for low wage jobs in Malaysia

28 October 2013

The Nepalese government has stopped issuing work approval to prospective migrant workers who are not able to produce employment contract letters guaranteeing the minimum wage set by the Malaysian government, reports ekantipur.com.

On 1 January 2013 the Malaysian government announced a minimum monthly salary of MYR 800-900 (USD 254 - 286) for foreign workers, depending on the state in which they work. The Malaysian government has given small and medium size industries a deadline of January 2014 to implement the new wage structure.

As per the new regulations, migrant workers also have to pay a levy ranging from MYR 410-1,850 (USD 130 - 588) per year depending in which sector they work. They have to pay MYR 410 (USD 130) for plantation, MYR 500 (USD 159) for agriculture, MYR 1,250 (USD 397) for manufacturing and MYR 1,850 (USD 588) for service sector per year.

Officials at the Nepalese Labour Ministry said the decision was voluntarily made on moral and ethical grounds by the embassy concerned.

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