Awang: 74% of employers fail to meet minimum standards

ALOR SETAR: A total of 10,961 or 73.9% of employers were found not complying with the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing and Amenities Act during inspections conducted by the Labour Department.

Deputy Human Resources Minister Datuk Awang Hashim said the department conducted inspections from Feb 1 to April 15 on 14,835 employers nationwide, involving 95,870 employee accommodation units.

“Of the total, 3,874 or 26.1% of the employers met the criteria while others failed to comply with the Act. Inspections were also carried out on 616,216 workers comprising 572,518 foreign workers and 43,698 locals.

“A total of 625 investigation papers were opened for various offences, including accommodation not certified by the department’s director-general, non-compliance with local authority laws and not providing rest and dining areas for employees, ” he told reporters after opening the Tautan Kasih programme on Saturday.

Awang said the accommodation facilities provided by employers should have a safe and conducive environment for every employee.

“Guidelines have been provided, so we will not tolerate and will prosecute employers who fail to comply with the prescribed act, ” he said.

“So far, 34 employee transfer orders have been issued, with another 2,417 improvement instructions for accommodation units and 7,885 compliance instructions.” —Bernama

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