Dormitory found unsafe

Rokiah Mahmud

The Law Enforcement Division of the Labour Department conducted a joint-operation with Department of Electrical Services (DES) and Authority for Building Control and Construction Industry (ABCi) recently.

The operation, dubbed Operasi Sanggah 203/2020, focussed on foreign workers’ temporary dormitory in Kampong Lambak, Mukim Berakas. Eighteen enforcement officers discovered the dormitory was unsafe and unsuitable.

ABCi advised the contractor to relocate or rent a safer house for the workers. According to the Employment Order 2009 under Section 80 (a) (b) (c), employers are responsible for providing and coordinating a clean, safe and comfortable dormitory for foreign workers.

Under Section 81 (1) (2) of the Employment Order 2009, building or dormitories must comply with the law, be maintained and must be kept clean.

Failure to comply, employers will face actions under Section 148. If found guilty, they will be fined not more than BND3,000 or one-year imprisonment or both.

DES found a cable connection to the temporary dormitory that could harm those living in the area. DES advised the foreign workers to inform their employers to disconnect the cable supplying electricity to the dormitory.

The Labour Department reminded employers to monitor the welfare and well-being of their foreign workers as stated in the Employment Order 2009 including providing employment contract, timely salary and providing clean and safe shelter.

Enforcement officers inspect a dormitory