Crackdown on private employment agencies

Mohd Sazali (left) and enforcement officers from the Penang Labour Department conducting a check at a job agency in Seberang Jaya, Butterworth.

THE Penang Labour Department raided six private employment agencies in George Town, Penang, and found various violations of labour law including under the Private Employment Agency Act 1981.

Its director Mohd Sazali Keteh said among the offences detected during the operation were outsourcing activities, signboards displayed without license number, carrying out activities that were not stated in the licence and sharing of premises.

Mohd Sazali said investigation papers for three cases would be opened.

“The investigation papers will be forwarded to the enforcement division of the Department of Labour in Putrajaya for further action,” he said.

Mohd Sazali said any job agency owners found to have violated the law could be fined up to RM50,000 or imprisoned not exceeding one year or both, if found guilty.

He was speaking before leading reporters to the operation site at an employment agency in Bandar Sunway, Seberang Jaya near Butterworth.

Mohd Sazali said there were 139 private employment agencies in Penang.

A total of 23 officers from the department took part in the raids.

Mohd Sazali said that so far, 43 investigation papers had been opened under the Employment Act 1955 and approved by the Labour Department’s legal adviser.

He added that 48 more investigation papers were in progress.

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