Employers who neglected 93 Bangladeshi workers face strict action

PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN) and the Ministry of Human Resources (KSM) took strict action against Ricoler Construction Company Sdn Bhd for ignoring 93 Bangladeshi foreign workers who were brought in last November 2023.

Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and Human Resources Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong in a joint statement said both ministries had launched an investigation and found that the workers involved were idle without being provided with jobs and conducive accommodation by their employers.

“The employer also reportedly failed to take care of the welfare of these workers in terms of accommodation and food. According to records, the employer who brought them in was Syarikat Pembinaan Ricoler Sdn Bhd,” according to the statement.

All the rescued victims were taken to the Putrajaya Immigration Department for documentation before being taken to obtain an Interim Protection Order.

According to the statement, there are six strict actions that will and are being taken by both ministries against the employers involved, among them in accordance with the Minimum Standard Housing, Accommodation and Employee Facilities Act 1990 [Act 446] due to the employer’s failure to provide accommodation facilities to employees.

Other actions are following the Employment Act 1955 [Act 265] to employers for failure to pay wages to workers, blacklisting the companies involved from employing foreign workers in the future and freezing the remaining quota earned by the companies involved.

In addition, an investigation under Section 12 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007 [Act 670] against the employer and action under the Passport Act 1966 [Act 150] because the employer is believed to be in possession of the employee’s passport.

“Finally, the KDN and KSM also issued a stern warning to all employers who employ foreign workers to always take care of the workers’ welfare and comply with the laws of the country,” he said.

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