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The ministry conducted routine checks on approximately 1,585 workplaces nationwide. States that received the most compounds were Selangor, Kedah, and Perak.

On Tuesday (6 July), Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Human Resources, Haji Awang bin Hashim, participated in the ministry’s routine check on companies under the National Recovery Plan’s SOPs, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 (Act 514 and Act 342).

The checks mainly occurred around the Bayan Lepas industrial area. Minister Awang visited Pentamaster Technology, where he witnessed the organisation’s compliance to the SOPs and the Acts, and called for other industries to do the same.

The reason for this is, in Malay Mail’s report, Minister Awang informed that, between 16 June and 5 July 2021, the ministry has issued 159 compounds amounting to RM1.49mn against employers who flouted Phase One SOPs of the National Recovery Plan.

To My Metro, he provided some of the breakdown of compounds:

  • Selangor (42)
  • Kedah (19)
  • Perak (17)
  • Kuala Lumpur (14)
  • Negeri Sembilan (12)
  • Penang (4)

“The compounds were issued under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 (Act 514) during joint inspections by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) and other enforcement agencies,” the minister explained in Malay Mail.

In other words, employers received the compound notices for offences which include the failure to ensure the safety, health and welfare of employees at the workplace.

According to Minister Awang, the most common offence employers make is the failure to comply with the manpower limit in the essential sector—96 cases—based on the National Recovery Plan.

Awang said, in the same report, employers in the manufacturing sector recorded the greatest number of offences at 123 cases. This is followed by the construction sector (18), business services (four), and the storage, transportation and wholesale trading sectors each at three.

“The others are one case each for the financial, quarry, agriculture, cleaning services, and gas facility sectors,” he added, as reported in Malay Mail.

At the end of the operation, Minister Awang urged all parties, including employers, employees and the public, to comply with the standard operating procedure of the latest movement restrictions set by the authorities.

Image / Malaysia's Ministry of Human Resources' Twitter

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