Employers in Malaysia must adhere to the $400 minimum wage for Filipino domestic helpers regardless of the exchange rate, according to Philippine Ambassador Eduardo Malaya.
"It will be unfair for our mothers and daughters to earn less here [in Malaysia]. The minimum wage for Philippine domestic workers is fixed at US$400 per month everywhere," The Star quoted Malaya in a report on Tuesday.
Malaya made the statement in light of the Malaysian ringgit's decline in value against most major currencies except for the British pound sterling.
Malaya stated last May that Filipino domestic helpers would actually benefit from ringgit's depreciation as their salaries are "reflected in US dollars" and therefore would allow them to get higher salaries.
“Previously, Malaysian employers paid RM1,200. Now they have to fork over RM1,700,” Malaya said.
He said his office sent a reminder to all employment agencies in Malaysia to enforce the minimum wage rule in the employment contracts of overseas Filipino workers. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News