A minimum wage was proposed as a means to make employer pay "fairly." Without minimum wages the employer can control the wages rate toward certain group of workers (migrant workers) and could really lead to exploitation example 18.5 RM for working in 12-14 hours
Minimum wages could guarantee minimum income of family and increases the standard of living for the poorest and most vulnerable class in society and raises average. The minimum wages should set up according to living wages ,generally means that a person working 40 hours a week, with no additional income, should be able to afford a specified quality or quantity of housing, food, utilities, transport, health care, and recreation.
It maybe appropriate for this economic recession period as minimum wages will stimulates consumption, local economy by putting more money in the hands of low-income people who spend their entire paychecks.
Further more if public servant is enjoy the minimum wages WHY CAN'T worker in private sector have their right too ? Unless Malaysia is really discriminate the workers !