Plaster manufacturing plant in Perak failed to ensure physical distancing, says state Labour Dept

IPOH: A plaster-manufacturing plant near Chemor here has failed to ensure physical distancing between beds at their dormitory for workers, says the Perak Labour Department.

The department director Muhamad Fauzi Abd Ghani said the company failed to adhere to the Worker’s Minimum Standard of Housing and Amenities Act 1990 (Act 446).

“At least three workers are currently staying at a hostel located within the factory compound and upon checking, the toilets and bathrooms are filthy, ” said Fauzi.

He added that the conditions were also bad at a dormitory located about a kilometre from the factory.

“The size of the mattresses were less than four inches thick, no lockers were provided, there was unconducive air ventilation and the employer also failed to provide first aid kits at the premises, ” he told reporters after the visit held at the dormitory on Wednesday (Jan 13).

Fauzi also said that the employer has not applied for the accommodation acknowledgement certificate issued by the department.

“We will open an investigation paper and if the company is found guilty, the employer could be fined a maximum of RM50,000. Under the Act, each worker must be provided with a mattress, pillow, blanket and a locker to keep their valuable items, which the employer had failed to do so, ” he said.

He added that this is the first visit done by the department this year.

“Last year, we raided a factory's workers' quarters and we opened 10 investigation papers. We are the final stage before the investigation papers can be submitted to the Deputy Public Prosecutor, ” said Fauzi.

He added that the department has a list of dormitories and hostels to visit this year to ensure that employers have followed the Act accordingly.

On Nov 26 last year, the department raided a glove manufacturer’s workers’ quarters near Tasek and found the facilities to be overcrowded and unsanitary.

The department also found that the glove manufacturer failed to obtain the accommodation acknowledgement certificate.

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