Plantation workers get Raya cheer

This is written by my colleague Zaidi Ismail.

KUALA LUMPUR: Hari Raya has come early for some 157,270 plantation workers in Malaysia. From September 1, they will get a 10 per cent pay increase and are guaranteed a minimum monthly pay of RM850, the Malayan Agricultural Producers Association (Mapa) said in a statement.

Mapa hopes that this would help alleviate the hardship and burden of plantation employees due to the rising cost of living.

Normally, plantation employers who are not members of Mapa would voluntarily follow the payment scheme adopted by Mapa. Therefore, it expects the scheme to further benefit, either directly or indirectly, another 70,000 plantation employees, Mapa president Tan Sri Dr Mohd Noor Ismail said.

The 10 per cent revision of wages for all employees would cost the plantation sector an additional RM300 million per year or from RM1.9 billion to RM2.2 billion per year. The arrears of wages and ex-gratia payment would further cost the plantation sector an additional RM364 million, Mapa said.

It also cleared the air over a misconception that plantation employees are earning less than RM350 per month.

Separately, Genting Plantations Bhd, the plantation arm of Genting Group, is giving all of its more than 12,000 estate and oil mill workers and non-executive staff a RM200 pay increase a month, effective September 1.

In a statement yesterday, Genting said the increase is in conjunction with Mapa's scheme.

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