72 employers identified for flouting labour laws

PUTRAJAYA: Seventy-two employers have been identified for flouting labour laws under "Ops Patuh" conducted on 122 premises from June 8 until yesterday (July 18).

The Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) said the operation by the Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia (JTKSM) was conducted pursuant to Section 65 of the Employment Act 1955 which authorised its officers to conduct inspection on any place of employment at any time for the purpose of carrying out investigations relating to compliance with labour laws.

"The department will increase checks on employment premises to ensure full compliance with national labour laws and for workers' rights to be protected," the ministry said in a statement, here today.

The ministry said in a similar operation conducted by the department around Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, today, six employers comprising restaurant, hotel and textile outlet operators had committed various offences under the Employment Act 1955.

"Among the offences are failure to report the employment of foreign workers, failing to provide service contracts, not providing a workers register and payroll as well as salary deductions that do not comply with the Act," he said.

Following that, the ministry said 11 investigation papers involving 27 charges would be opened.

According to the statement, the employers involved could be fined up to RM10,000 for each offence upon conviction.

According to a ministry statement issued on June 8, 'Ops Patuh' was conducted to ensure that employers adhere to the laws under the Employment Act 1955, Workmen's Compensation Act 1952, the Minimum Wages Order 2016, the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 as well as Guidelines on the Minimum Standard of Accommodation for Foreign Workers. — Bernama