Malaysia's private sector workers could be close to receiving a higher minimum wage, with the Government expected to make an announcement by August.

The country's National Wages Consultative Council (MPGN) is reported to have held a meeting on 13 June to review the minimum wage. The Human Resources Ministry is now expected to prepare a cabinet memorandum for a decision to be made by the Government, Human Resources Minister M Kulagesaran told reporters.

According to the New Straits Times, the National Wages Consultative Technical Committee (JTPGN) is now ready to present recommendations for the new minimum wage rates to MPGN – a tripartite body that will discuss and present the recommendations to the cabinet.

Currently, the minimum wage in Peninsular Malaysia is MYR1,000 (US$247) per month, while in East Malaysia it is set at MYR920.

Standardising the minimum wage across the Malaysian Peninsular, Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan is one of the ten election pledges made in Pakatan Harapan's election manifesto.