KUALA LUMPUR: Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) has rebutted fresh allegations by Liberty Shared (LS) over the risks of bribery, as well as wage theft and money laundering when its workers hold their account at the same bank as the company.
In a strongly-worded statement issued yesterday, SDP said these issues were not mentioned in LS’s earlier petition summary report to which it had clarified its position and current practices.
“SDP views this statement with serious concerns as it is insinuating the possibility of one of Malaysia’s most respected banking institutions colluding to wage theft with SDP, in addition to money laundering.
“This veiled remark must be substantiated with strong and clear evidence, as by implication, it also raises the question on the credibility of the related financial institution that is subjected to stringent banking laws and regulatory framework, ” it said.
SDP said it had no means to investigate these issues thoroughly without substantive details. It also pointed out that if there were any instances of such allegations previously, the vocal, independent and formidable National Union of Plantation Workers (NUPW) would have brought the issue to light and conducted an immediate probe into the issue.
The Malaysian Department of Labour has also been conducting regular inspection on the wages paid and would have taken prompt action against SDP, had wage theft occurred.
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