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Provide comfortable accommodation within two weeks or face action, company told

— A food processing company in Jalan Minyak Beku, here, will face a fine of up to RM50,000 if it fails to provide comfortable housing for its 168 foreign workers within the next two weeks.

Johor branch of Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia (JTKSM) director Nasir Kassim said that the employer had been issued with a warning and a period of 14 days to provide a more comfortable place for the company’s foreign employees, who were from Myanmar, Nepal and Indonesia.

“Based on today’s inspection, we found that the employer placed the employees in narrow and unsuitable rooms. By right, one room should only accommodate up to three employees but they put four employees per room in the 40 rooms provided.

“Employers also failed to provide other facilities such as toilets and cooking places which resulted in employees having to cook in their rooms which can invite risks, apart from not providing suitable fire extinguishers,” he told reporters after ‘Ops 446’, here, today.

Nasir added that if the employer still failed to show efforts to improve employees’ accommodation within the stipulated period, his department will take legal action under Section 24D (1) and Section 24D (3) of the Workers’ Minimum Standards of Housing, Accommodations and Amenities Act 1990.

“Under ‘Ops 446’, as at yesterday (March 8) the department has conducted inspections on 1,016 companies, involving 5,053 employees’ accommodation or residences,” he said.

In today’s operations, carried out in an integrated manner with the Social Security Organisation, Batu Pahat district health office, Batu Pahat Municipal Council, Royal Malaysia Police, Malaysian Immigration Department and the Construction Industry Development Board, three factories were inspected involving 50 officers and personnel.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

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