| James Kon |
THE Labour Department through its Labour Enforcement Division recently found nine foreign workers violating the labour law in the latest operation codenamed, ‘Operasi Cengkam 71/2014’, targeting a commercial area in kg Tanjung Bunut.
Fifteen labour enforcement officers took part in the operation, carrying out inspection on eight stalls. Four foreigners were found working at different positions from the one stated in the labour permit. Their designated positions were mechanic, tailor and specialist tradesman but instead they were working as cashiers.
Meanwhile, five foreign workers were found to have violated the aspect of work placement.
The officers also found out that most of the workers were having welfare problems as they were not entitled to overtime payment and were not given any day off. The matter is currently under investigation.
For the offence of wrong placement and misuse of foreign worker’s job position, action will be taken against the employers by Labour Department by revoking or reducing the quota on the licence of employment. The working pass of the foreign workers will be considered void and they will be expatriated back to their country. The department will also take stern action against offences related to the issues of foreign worker’s welfare.
The Labour Department reminded the public especially employers not to misuse the licence to recruit and employ foreign workers.
Employing and recruiting foreign workers without the permission of the Commissioner of Labour will be charged under Chapter 112 (1) Employment Order 2009, and if found guilty under Chapter 112 (3) the offender will face a fine not less than $6,000 and not more than $10,000, or imprisoned for not less than six months and not exceeding three years, or both.