TAP officials visit 34 business premises

Azlan Othman

Officers of Employees Trust Fund (TAP) through its Enforcement Unit continued its visits to business premises around the vicinity of Mukim Berakas, Brunei-Muara District as part of its efforts to ensure employers to register and make contribution payment for their local employees to TAP and Supplemental Contributory Pension (SCP) schemes.

TAP inspectors visited 34 premises, identifying seven employers and 10 local employees who had not been registered under the TAP and SCP schemes.

Employers who failed to provide documents during the visit were instructed to show up at the TAP Office for further action, which include registering their employees and making contribution payment and outstanding contributions, if any.

Employers are reminded to register and pay contribution of their employees who are eligible to the TAP and SCP schemes.

It is mandatory for employees – who are citizens or permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam – to be registered and to contribute to the TAP and SCP schemes.

Employees in this context include part-time workers, contract workers, daily-paid workers and workers on probation.

Under Section 26 of the Employees Trust Act (Chapter 167), if found guilty, an employer can be fined not more than BND3,000 for the first offence, and not more than BND10,000 for the second and subsequent offences.

Meanwhile, employees can lodge complaints at TAP Call Centre at 2382800 or send an e-mail to [email protected] if they are not registered or if their monthly contributions are not paid for to TAP.