Concern from Asian businesses over minimum wage


Many countries across the globe are celebrating International Workers' Day on 1 May.

In many parts of Asia, governments, workers and unions are using the day to ask what is a fair day's wage for a fair day's work?

Malaysia has just announced its first minimum wage for private sector workers. Thailand, China and Indonesia are also mulling minimum wage plans.

But whilst this is good news for workers, there are fears that a compulsory minimum wage could lead to Asia losing its competitive edge.

Rahul Bajoria, an economist at Barclays Capital explained the motivation behind Malaysia's wage initiative to the BBC's Rico Hizon.

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