| Fadley Faisal |
THE Bandar Magistrate’s Court yesterday heard a case, the first of its kind, in which a local man who owns and runs a printing company had pleaded guilty to 160 charges of failing to pay monthly Tabung Amanah Pekerja (TAP) and Supplemental Contributory Pension (SCP) contributions to his employees.
Senior Magistrate Lailatul Zubaidah Hussain fixed the case for sentencing today, while considering the case against Leong Ting Boon who trades under Nyuk Lian Printing Company.
The defendant had pleaded guilty to the 160 charges of having failed to make TAP and SCP monthly contributions between 2010 and 2013 for eight employees.
DPP Amiriah Hj Ali yesterday informed the court that investigations were carried out by Tabung Amanah Pekerja (TAP), which led to the discovery.
Despite reminders being sent to the defendant for necessary settlement of outstanding contributions, the defendant failed to pay, until today, except for a portion of it.
Total arrears that were initially due against the defendant for TAP contributions to employees’ accounts were $58,692, while for SCP it stood at $34,631.35, representing non-contributions from 2010 until 2013.
The penalty for an offence under Section 23 of the Tabung Amanah Pekerja Act, Chapter 167, is a fine not exceeding $3,000 for a first offender, and subsequently a fine not exceeding $10,000. A similar penalty awaits for an offence under Section 26 of the Supplemental Contributory Pension Order, 2009.