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RM1.2 million worth of compounds issued to bosses since lockdown began

Human Resources Minister M Saravanan says one of the most frequently committed offences is allowing more than 60% of workers to be present on-premise.

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Police check SOP compliance at a factory in Selangor.
Police check SOP compliance at a factory in Selangor.

The human resources ministry through the Peninsular Malaysia Labour Department (JTK) issued compounds amounting to RM1.2 million to factory operators and employers for flouting SOPs under the movement control order (MCO) from June 1 until yesterday.

Human Resources Minister M Saravanan also said 1,175 SOP compliance checks had been conducted since JTK was given the power to issue compounds against errant employers.

“Among the offences often committed by employers is not complying with the work from home directive by allowing more than 60% of their workers to work,” he told reporters after leading a compliance check operation in Puchong, Selangor, today.

He said there were also employers who were found to have falsified information on permit application letters to operate during the MCO period.

He said factory premises where such offences are committed would be ordered to close with immediate effect.

Saravanan also reminded employers to adhere to the SOPs set by the government, saying the JTK would continue to conduct inspections at premises in an effort to curb Covid-19 infections at workplaces.

He said the government would not hesitate to revoke the operation approval of these factories if the SOP violations continued.

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