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Over 1,000 complaints of bosses breaching MCO SOPs lodged with govt

Minister M Saravanan says his ministry is empowered to order the closure of companies that breach SOPs.

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The human resources ministry has received 1,120 complaints against employers related to movement control order (MCO) SOP violations from May 25 to yesterday.

Minister M Saravanan said the complaints included employers forcing workers to work overtime and the physical presence of employees in offices exceeding the limit allowed by the authorities.

He said the complaints are being investigated by the ministry through the Labour Department (JTK), which has been empowered by the National Security Council (NSC) to issue compounds of up to RM50,000 against employers found guilty of breaching the SOPs.

“Please, in the current situation, (employers) do not take advantage. When we take action, don’t blame the government. Breaking the Covid-19 infection chain is the responsibility of all parties.

“When the government asks to reduce the number of employees at the workplace, follow the SOPs. That’s all,” he told reporters today.

Saravanan also said that his ministry is not involved in the authorisation of economic sector operations and work travel permits through the Covid-19 Intelligence Management System (CIMS 3.0).

However, he said the ministry has the power to order companies that breach SOPs to close.

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