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26 Feb 2024

By Hakim Mahari, New Straits Times (Malaysia)

Construction company blacklisted for abandoning Bangladeshi workers in Cheras

…A construction company that brought in the 93 Bangladeshi men and promised them non-existent jobs in Cheras has been blacklisted, with its remaining quotas revoked.

Action will also be taken against them using the relevant laws.

In a joint statement, Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution and Human Resources Minister Steven Sim revealed that investigations uncovered the abandonment of these workers, left without employment or adequate accommodation by their employers.

The ministers said the employers failed to uphold the basic welfare standards for these workers, encompassing shelter and sustenance…

The ministries have outlined six actions, including legal measures under the Passport Act 1966, Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007, Employment Act 1955, and the Minimum Standards of Housing, Accommodation, and Employee Facilities Act 1990.

The Minimum Standards of Housing, Accommodation and Employee Facilities Act 1990 provides general penalties. If convicted, the perpetrator could face fines of up to RM50,000 for each offence due to neglecting employee salary payments and not providing suitable living conditions.

Furthermore, employers will be blacklisted from making new foreign worker employment applications under Section 60K of the Labor Act 1955.

Their remaining quotas for foreign workers will also be cancelled…