The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) Sarawak has welcomed the minimum wage announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for the private sector but said it was disappointed the quantum for Sarawak was lower than the peninsula.

According to MTUC Sarawak, the RM800 per month mimimum wage set for workers in Sarawak, as recommended by the National wages Consultative Council, was not fair as the cost of living was 15 to 25% higher in the state compared to the peninsula.

Last Monday, Najib announced that the minimum wage for workers in Peninsular Malaysia had been set at RM900 a month or RM4.33 per hour while for Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan, the quantum was RM800 per month or RM3.85 an hour.

Both quantums would take effect six months from the date the order was gazetted.