MTUC Calls For Heavier Penalties On Errant Employers

SHAH ALAM: The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) has urged the government to impose a heavier penalty on employers who neglect their workers' safety, leading to workplace accidents and deaths of employees.

Its deputy secretary-general A. Balasubramaniam said such incidents could be avoided if employers complied with the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 regulations on employees' safety, health and welfare at workplaces.

Currently, an errant employer could be fined up to RM50,000 or jailed up to two years, or both.

He cited a case in Singapore where a construction company was fined S$150,000 (about RM380,000) for breach of safety rules resulting in a worker falling to his death and believed the fine was the highest imposed on an employer under the Workplace Safety and Health Act. – Bernama

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