A total of 33 foreign workers were found to have violated labour laws during an inspection conducted by the Labour Enforcement Division at 20 premises in Kg Sungai Kebun area.
According to a press release from the Labour Department, the inspection, codenamed “Ops Cengkam 104-2014”, began in the morning and was carried out at nine tailoring shops, five mini-marts, three barber shops, a cybercafé, a wood-making factory and a restaurant. Three of those found violating the labour laws were locals.
During the inspection, three foreigners were found to have contravened employ-ment licensing acts by being employed in unauthorised jobs, such as a domestic worker employed in a restaurant.
Sixteen foreigners were also found residing in unauthorised quarters not sanctioned by the Labour Department and were not authorised to run businesses, including a tailoring shop and a restaurant.
Meanwhile, other employee welfare problems such as irregular off-days for employees were also found during the inspection, which will be investigated thoroughly.
According to the Labour Department, for these violations, action will be taken by reducing or cancelling the Employment Quota for the respective employers, and the involved employees will be deported.
The Labour Department reminds the public and employers to avoid misusing the License for Foreign Employees as action may be taken under provisioned laws that carries a fine and prison sentence.