Offenders nabbed during joint operation

Izah Azahari

The Labour Enforcement Division (LED), Labour Department, in cooperation with the Brunei-Muara District Office, Department of Environment, Parks and Recreation (JASTRe), Ministry of Health and the Maritime and Port Authority Brunei Darussalam (MPABD) carried out the Sanggah Joint Operation 256/2020 in two separate locations believed to be conducting boat-making workshop activities in Kampong Jerudong.

The Labour Department found an employer believed to have failed in obtaining workplace permits, failing to provide working service contracts in writing and employed foreign workers under the guarantee of other companies.

If convicted, offenders will be issued a BND600 fine for the first offence and BND900 for the second offence, (violation under Section 86, Section 10 and Section 112, Employment Order 2009).

Meanwhile, JASTRe issued a BND500 compound fine to an individual for dumping garbage in a public place at Simpang 715, Kampong Jerudong, an offence under Section 12 (1) (f) (ii) of the Minor Offenses Act (Chapter 30).

Two companies were also slapped with BND500 fines for leaving combustible items near an electric station and dumping waste in a public area, an offence under Section 12(1)(f)(ii) of the Minor Offences Act (Chapter 30).

Law enforcement officers during the joint operation. PHOTOS: LABOUR DEPARTMENT
Waste dumped in a public area

During the inspection, Ministry of Health personnel found a blocked drainage and abandoned used tyres resulting in the reproduction of disease-carrying larvae that can affect public health.

The Labour Department reminded employers to monitor employee welfare matters in accordance with the requirements of the Employment Order 2009 such as the preparation of employment contracts, timely payment of salaries and providing clean accommodation.

Employers are advised to not abuse the Foreign Worker Licence and violate the act under the Employment Order 2009.

For information, contact the Labour Department at 2381848 (during working hours) or 7298989 (outside working hours).