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Cheras investigation finds 93 foreign workers impacted on either the job or welfare front

Cheras investigation finds 93 foreign workers impacted on either the job or welfare front

The employer was identified as Syarikat Pembinaan Ricoler, and had initially brought in the workers in November 2023.

Recent investigations by Malaysia's Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Human Resources found that 93 Bangladeshi foreign workers in Cheras were not being provided with jobs or conducive accommodation by their employer. The employer also reportedly failed to take care of the welfare of these workers, in regards to food and accommodation.

The employer was identified as Syarikat Pembinaan Ricoler, and had initially brought in the foreign workers in November 2023.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) carried out an operation, led by the Immigration Department of Putrajaya, and joined by officers of the National Strategic Office of the Council for Anti-Trafficking in Persons (NSO MAPO). At the same time, the Ministry of Human Resources (MOHR) through the Department of Labour of Peninsular Malaysia, has also carried out investigation operations on employers involving labour laws.

All the rescued workers were taken to Immigration Department of Putrajaya for documentation before being brought before the Magistrate to obtain an Interim Protection Order.

Following the course of operations and investigations, the decisive actions that will and are being taken by both ministries against employers are as follows:

  • Action under the Minimum Standards of Housing, Accommodation and Employee Facilities Act 1990 (Act 446) against employers for the employer's failure to provide accommodation facilities to employees.
  • Action under the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265) against employers for failure to pay wages to employees.
  • Blacklist the companies involved from employing foreign workers in the future.
  • Freeze the remaining quota obtained by the company involved.
  • Investigation under Section 12 of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act (ANTIPSOM) 2007 (Act 670) against the employer.
  • Action under the Passport Act 1966 (Act 150) as the employer is believed to be holding the employee's passport.

MHA and MHA warns all employers who employ foreign workers to always take care of the workers' welfare and comply with Malaysia's laws.


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