the public interest as well as our own interests 4 By helping those in

The public interest as well as our own interests 4 by

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the public interest as well as our own interests 4. By helping those in government to achieve political gains based on good public policy and by taking our share of the “political heat” when decisions are tough 5. By telling the truth and doing it openly 6. by engaging the broadest possible group – our Board, the wider membership, the client groups of our organization, the media, the members of other political parties, the community at large and our own family and friends – in a shared effort to make things better. (Leonard Domino & Associates). And, when necessary, ensure that their client’s position is considered in the debate by lobbying public officials, staff, and/or the general public. Naturally, lobbying can influence the law and it can be quite simple. It requires two things: knowledge of the given system of government and contacts. Ultimately, what government relations professionals do is make the case for their business or their client’s business in the public policy arena. Minimum Wages Summary The higher wage that almost a third of the workforce will benefit from will be a boost to the economy, which in recent years has been driven by consumption. P a g e 17 | 19
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The higher wages will also manifest in other benefits for workers. A higher base salary will mean higher contributions to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) and the extra will go some way to shore up the retirement savings of many Malaysians. Companies will see an increase in their payments to the EPF, but with productivity having risen 6.7% per year over the past 10 years and companies making a lot more money than before judging by profits announced by listed companies and tax collection by the Government, they can afford to pay a little more for their workers without diving into bankruptcy. With a third of the workforce soon enjoying a higher base salary, the increased income will go some way to satisfy the requirement of banks under the new responsible lending guidelines. Under the new loan criteria, banks will look at the basic salary and decide whether a person can afford a loan. With higher salaries, maybe that will be enough for low salaried people to qualify for a loan to get the small car or home they need. The minimum wage will help those in need. It is a start that many Malaysians will be thankful. P a g e 18 | 19
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