BATU PAHAT: A businessman and his clerk received five-year and three-year jail terms respectively for failing to pay salaries to 10 Cambodian workers and restricting their movements.
Goldsmith shop owner Chong Ming Kuan, 44, and clerk Tan Poh Bee, 39, were found guilty by Sessions Court judge Amran Jantan of the offences.
They had faced 10 charges each for failing to pay salaries to the foreign workers between Aug 30, 2008 and Dec 12, 2012 at Jalan Cahaya Baru 3 in Taman Bandar Cahaya Baru, near Yong Peng here.
Both were found to have trafficked the 10 Cambodians by exploiting, mistreating and forcing them to do labour.
The duo committed the offences under Section 19 of the Work Act 1955 (Act 265) for failing to pay the salaries and Section 25A of the same Act for failing to remit the workers’ salaries via a bank.
Chong and Tan were charged under Section 12 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum jail term of 15 years and a fine.
Amran sentenced Chong to five years in jail and fined him RM5,000 for each charge while Tan was sentenced to three years in jail and a RM3,000 fine for each of the charges.
However, the court granted an application from lawyer Mandave Singh, who represented Chong and Tan, for a stay of execution pending an appeal.