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Politicians up for election say that raising the earnings of workers at the bottom of the pay scale could kickstart a multiplier effect that reverberates across economies, but the chiefs of Southeast Asian industries are not so sure.   © Illustration by Hiroko Oshima
Asia Insight

Malaysia's 35% minimum wage hike stirs recovery concerns

Critics say politicians are promising happier paydays as an election ploy

P PREM KUMAR, Nikkei staff writer | Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR -- For more than a decade, Thangarani Karupiah had been making just 900 ringgit ($210) a month from her job sweeping and mopping floors at a private health care center near the capital. But since 2019, she has benefited from government rules on wage floors, and now pulls in 1,200 ringgit.

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