Before moving on to the next paragraph, I will apologize first for being so cynical, it is not my intention to offend anyone, but I think it is something that needs to be addressed, perhaps at the wrong channel. But nonetheless, here goes something that I will be flamed for all eternity.
As an employer, who used to be an employee, I know that the amount of salary anyone gets paid varies from person to person. The issue with the Malaysian workforce nowadays is that we expect too much, with very little to give in return. When employed, the first thing any employer will tell their employees is that their salary figure is P&C and should not be discussed among colleagues as it would create disharmony and questions of disparities will arise from there.
For one to say "Hey, go work at xxx company, you will get 2.5K as a fresh grad" would not hold true for everyone. What I often hear from people or ex-employees is that the companies that they work for, are cheap for not increasing their salary, or my company is so dysfunctional because they haven't promoted me in the past 3 years. As someone who is in management, I enjoy evaluating my employees. I enjoy looking at their work rate and performance. The problem with grads is that they expect automatic promotions. (Do not believe? read through some of the other threads). They think that the longer they work=the more they should be paid and the higher their title should be. IF you haven't been promoted in the past 3 years, there is clearly something wrong with your work. IF you have not had an increment, clearly, you are not doing something right, or you are not doing anything at all. It is easier to point the blame at the management than to evaluate oneself.
I understand fresh grads are keen to know what is the industry standard for salaries. But if we are feeding all these information that we ALL deserve to have at least RM2.5K upon graduating, then we are actually nurturing non-productivity, and really creates an expectation that should not be there. I know a lot of you are going to comment saying that they want to know the minimum wage and so forth. But the fact of the matter is, Malaysia do not have a minimum wage (well, RM900 if that's what you're looking for). The nominal wage really depends on what the person is capable of.
Finally though, I am not saying that fresh grads should be paid peanuts. Take it as a learning experience. I certainly couldn't survive with my starting pay. I had to make alot of sacrifices in order for me to advance in my career. We all have to start somewhere, and when you have no previous experience, it is near to impossible for employers to gauge how much to pay you. The probation period is always the toughest for all fresh grads, but if you excel in what you do, your employers will notice. No idiot would want to mistreat a staff that is excellent, especially with the Malaysian workforce nowadays.
Sorry if this offended anyone, or anyone felt that sting. I just drew this thread up to get some discussion going.
Salary discussions should stop