Private sector urged to give staff a pay rise

Wednesday May 16, 2007

Private sector urged to give staff a pay rise

THE private sector has been urged to consider raising the salaries of their employees following the Governments announcement that public servants will get a pay rise.

Malaysia Nanban reported Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakar as saying that the private sector should consider increasing the salaries of its workers as it would look odd if only public servants had a pay rise.

He noted that while there were some 1.2 million public servants in the country, there were 10.3 million workers in the private sector.

Tamil Nesan reported that the peoples unity was invaluable and should not be taken for granted by anyone.

It has to be jealously guarded, protected and preserved, as it is of paramount importance in this multi-ethnic society, said National Unity Advisory Panel member Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

He said the Rukun Tetangga or residents associations could play an important role in promoting unity by organising and getting residents of different races to participate in community activities.

The work of fostering harmony and unity was a continuing process that should start from kindergarten, he added.