Law enforcement agencies team up in ‘Operasi Sepadu’

Rokiah Mahmud

The Law Enforcement Section of the Labour Department in cooperation with a number of enforcement agencies conducted a joint operation named Operasi Sepadu.

The Law Enforcement Section along with the Immigration and National Registration Department (INRD) Enforcement Unit as well as the Authority for Building Control and Construction Industry (ABCi) carried out the operation at commercial construction project sites in Kampong Salambigar, Mukim Berakas ‘B’.

A total of 31 law enforcement officers inspected the area from 3pm – 4.30pm and found no offences or violations.

The operation was aimed to strengthen cooperation among enforcement agencies and to ensure companies running the construction activities and workers under their sponsorship always obliged the rules and regulations including the Building Control Order, Employment Order 2009 and Immigration Act. The operation was also conducted to combat violation of Foreign Worker Licence and ensure the welfare and well-being of the foreign workers under the Regulations and Employment Order 2009.

The public is reminded to register and obtain Builder’s Licence, Contractor Registration certificate and Supplier certificate along with the Form to Carry Out Building Works (Form C) from ABCi according to Building Control Order 2014 to operate business as a builder or contractor.

Companies who wish to apply for Foreign Workers Licence in the construction sector particularly in building activities, will need a Builder Licence and Form C before submitting their applications to the Labour Department.

Labour Department reminded the public that it is an offence to employ foreign workers without Labour Commissioner approval, and actions can be taken under Chapter 112 (1) of the Employment Order 2009.

If found guilty, employer can be charged with a fine of not less than BND6,000 and not more than BND10, 000 or imprisonment of not less than six months and not exceeding three years, or both.

The INRD also reminded employers to ensure their workers’ passes are valid.