A total of 1,654 investigation papers were opened between January and October 2023.
The Malaysia Labour Department has issued more than RM4.3mn in fines for labour-related offences this year, after receiving more than 2,000 cases.
Announcing this during an operation at Pasar Borong KL on Wednesday (15 November 2023), Human Resources Minister V. Sivakumar said it highlights the violation of the Employees' Minimum Standards of Housing, Accommodations, & Amenities Act 1990, and the Minimum Wage Order.
The operation was carried out by the Ministry of Human Resources alongside the Department of Labour Peninsular Malaysia (JTKSM), JTK Kuala Lumpur, and several departments and agencies under KSM, including the Department of Occupational Safety & Health (JKKP), Social Security Organisation, HRD Corp, Employees' Provident Fund, and Royal Malaysia Police.
According to a report by The Star, about RM391,236 worth of fines were issued for 357 of the total investigation papers open, while 775 others had RM3,958mn in compund notices meted against offenders.
In line with the above, Minister Sivakumar commented: "We want to make sure that every employee is paid their salary.
"Our goal from the ministry and also the department is to ensure that in our country there is no more element of forced labour."
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