Safeguarding workers’ rights


Tong (centre) cross-checking details of employees at a petrol station with the Socso database to confirm that they have been registered. — JOHN BARRY/The Star

JOHOR BARU: Some 327 employers in the state were brought to court last year by the Social Security Organisation (Socso) for failing to register their workers with the organisation.

Johor Socso director Tong Sing Chuang said aside from those brought to court, some 431 compounds were also issued last year to employers who failed to register their workers.

“As of January, we have already charged 34 employers and issued 20 compounds, ” he said in his speech before the launch of Ops Kesan.

Ops Kesan is a joint operation with the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) to conduct surprise checks on businesses. Similar year-long operations have been conducted over the past 12 years.

For this year’s operation, some 31 EPF officers together with 44 Socso inspection officers will go door-todoor of businesses to check if the employees are registered by cross-checking their MyKad with the Socso and EPF database.

If employers are found to have breached either the Employee Provident Fund Act 1991 and Employment Insurance System Act 2017, they will be issued a compound ranging from RM500 to RM4,000.

Also present at the launch was state EPF manager Aminuddin Abdul Aziz who said that both Socso and EPF are similar in that they manage the social security of the public.

“Socso handles the social security of those who are working while EPF looks after their retirement savings.

“This is why we are working together to safeguard the rights of the public to workplace insurance and a retirement fund, ” he said.

Aminuddin also said that there are some 1.3mil EPF accounts in the state with 810,000 active accounts.

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