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Malaysia increases minimum wages to Rs 29k

Pratigya Waiju

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KATHMANDU—Malaysian government’s decision to increase workers’ minimum wages would benefit thousands of Nepalis working in Malaysia.  The new rule will be effective from January 2019.

Nepali worker heading to work in Malaysia or already employed there would receive a minimum wage of Rs 28,974 per month from next year.

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Currently, the minimum wage for worker is (Malaysian Ringgit) RM 1,000 per month in peninsular Malaysia and RM 920 per month in East Malaysia that includes three states Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.

The majority of Nepalis work in Peninsular Malaysia where the wage hike is RM50 compared to RM 130 in East Malaysia. Nepalis are the second highest foreign work force in Malaysia.

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Maha Astami being observed today

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KATHMANDU- Today Maha Astami festival is being observed throughout the country by the Hindus.

On this day, people offer special worship to the goddesses Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswati. They also sacrifice goats and roosters.

People who do not sacrifice animals, offers sacrifices of various vegetables and fruits in place of animals.

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Special Durgapuja and prayer ceremonies are held at the Dasain Ghars. People also worship weapons, vehicles and machines.

On this day, a special Kalaratri worship is held at midnight at the Dashain Ghar of Hanumandhoka in the capital city.

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