Numerous violations were unearthed during a recent joint operation by the Weights and Measures Unit (SDT), Industry and Business Ecosystem Division (IBE); Employees Trust Fund (TAP) under the Ministry of Finance and Economy; and Halal Food Control Division (BKMH), Ministry of Religious Affairs.
SDT officers found seven out of 18 units of weighing and measuring equipment for business purposes failing to comply with Chapter 151 of the Weights and Measures Act 1983, which is using unregistered weights and measures.
A seizure notice was issued which require the business owner to attend the SDT office within seven working days from the date the notice was issued. All machines were confiscated.
Meanwhile, 11 local workers were found not registered under TAP and the employers were instructed to visit the TAP office.
Meanwhile, BKMH issued two notices to two business premises for failing to apply for Halal certification and the companies were required to present its application within six months from the date the notice was issued.
The operation aimed to enforce Chapter 151 of the Weights and Measures Act 1983, in ensuring weighing and measuring machines for business activity are registered and verified with the agency; Section 23 of Employee Trust Act (Chapter 167) and Section 26 of Supplemental Contributory Pension Trust Order 2009; and Section 4 (1) and Section 10 (1) (a), Halal Certificate and Halal Label (Amendment) Order 2017, the obligation to apply for a Halal Certificate or Halal Permit from the Brunei Islamic Religious Council (MUIB).
TAP reminded employers to ensure that employees’ TAP and Supplemental Contributory Pension (SCP) contribution payments to be made on time before 15th of the preceding month to avoid late charges. SDT advised traders and users to register their weighing and measuring machines before being used in business activities.
Meanwhile, BKMH called on food entrepreneurs to register for the Halal Certificate or Halal Permit.