The accommodation of foreign workers was below minimum standard

JASIN – The employer of a furniture factory in Sungai Rambai was found to have committed various offenses in addition to providing 14 poor accommodation units to foreign workers without any accommodation certificate. It was recorded during an integrated enforcement operation of the Melaka Department of Labor (JTK) here on Tuesday.

State Exco for Health, Human Resources and Unity, Ngwe Hee Sem, said that the wooden accommodation inhabited by 66 foreign workers involving 30 Bangladeshi, Nepalese (26 people) and Myanmar (10 people) also failed to meet the requirements of the Minimum Standards Act for Housing, Accommodation and Employee Facilities 1990 (Act 446).

The poor and unhygienic accommodation conditions of foreign workers were found when raided by JTK Melaka in an integrated operation at a furniture factory in Sungai Rambai.

He said, the raid found that the employer did not provide the minimum accommodation facilities such as thin mattresses, no locked wardrobes, hot accommodation, no ventilation, exceeding the allowed capacity in addition to the toilets and kitchen areas were also very dirty and the electrical wiring was unsafe.

Hee Sem inspects the environment of the foreign worker’s dormitory which is dirty and full of rubbish.

“JTK Melaka will open an investigation paper for the offenses found in the raid in addition to recording the conversations of the employees and employers taken.

“If convicted, it can lead to a fine not exceeding RM50,000 for each offense detected,” he told reporters after the operation which was also attended by JTK Melaka Director Naziyah Said here on Tuesday.

Commenting further, Hee Sem said that the Jasin Municipal Council (MPJ) also issued three fines worth RM250 to RM1,000 because the owner was running a business without a license that expired since October 2021, in addition to not keeping the hostel and factory clean.

Hee Sem inspects the dirty kitchen of the foreign worker’s dormitory during JTK’s integrated operation.

He said the Jasin District Health Office (PKD) also detected the premises as breeding grounds for larvae in addition to the potential for the breeding of flies, cockroaches and rats in addition to dirty toilets.

“The state government takes the enforcement of Act 446 seriously and continuous monitoring will be carried out to ensure compliance with the law regarding the accommodation of workers in addition to strict action being taken against employers involved,” he said.

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