The Wage Advisory council Act of 1947, which would have been applied to many industries, created the idea of subsistence wages in Malaysia. The Federal Wages Advisory Board Legislation of 2011 disbanded it and created the committee to provide suggestions and advice on minimum wage levels. East Malaysia received a minimum wage of RM800, while Peninsular Malaysia received a minimum wage of RM900 in 2013. It was then increased to RM 1000 for Peninsular and RM 920 for East Malaysia. Whenever the monthly minimum wage was increased to RM1,100 in 2019, the two distinct levels in East and West Malaysia became eliminated. In 2020 but now, the amount was lifted once more to RM1,200.