Employers Around Malaysia Fined RM4.3mil This Year For Labour Violations
Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar has recently revealed that over RM4.3mil in compound notices have been issued to employers nationwide for various labour offences this year.
He also mentioned that around 1,654 investigation papers (IP) in total were opened between January and October 2023.
“These covered offences under the Employment Act; Employees’ Minimum Standards of Housing, Accommodations and Amenities Act as well as the Minimum Wages Order. We issued fines to the tune of RM391,236 for 357 of those IPs while 775 other IPs had RM3.958mil in compound notices meted against offenders,” the minister told The Star after attending an operation at Pasar Borong KL on Wednesday (15 November).
He also said that the ministry wishes to ensure that no workers are facing discrimination, mentioning that certain employers were not making Employee Provident Fund (EPF) and Socso contributions for their workers.
“We also received information that some employers were not paying their workers,” said the minister.
It was also mentioned that the ministry had discovered that some employers were only paying their workers in cash. Sivakumar said this was an offence unless there was approval from the Labour Department director general.
The minister says that the payment of wages via the banks is done to record the transactions and ensure there is no manipulation.