Fined for il­le­gal de­duc­tions

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: Ice sup­plier At­las Ed­i­ble Ice Sdn Bhd was fined RM34,500 by the mag­is­trate’s court yes­ter­day af­ter it was found guilty of 21 counts of breach­ing the Em­ploy­ment Act 1955 last year.

The com­pany, rep­re­sented by its direc­tor, Foo Fu Lum @ Foo Fu Lam, 59, pleaded guilty to fail­ing to pay wages via bank ac­counts to three em­ploy­ees and mak­ing de­duc­tions from salaries with­out em­ploy­ees’ writ­ten ap­pli­ca­tions to pay their per­sonal loans and dam­ages.

Foo nod­ded when the charges were read be­fore mag­is­trate Zuhair Rosli.

The com­pany was fined RM21,000 for 12 counts of mak­ing il­le­gal de­duc­tions from three of its Nepalese em­ploy­ees’ salaries to pay for dam­ages and per­sonal loans with the com­pany.

The of­fence falls un­der Sec­tion 24 of the Em­ploy­ment Act 1955, pun­ish­able un­der Sec­tion 99A of the same act.

The com­pany was also slapped with a RM13,500 fine for nine counts of fail­ing to pay three of its em­ploy­ees’ “profit shar­ing” through their bank ac­counts in Septem­ber, Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber last year.

The of­fence falls un­der Sec­tion 25 of the same act.

All of the of­fences were com­mit­ted at the com­pany’s premises at 155, Jalan Sri Eh­san, Taman Eh­san, Ke­pong, be­tween Sept 30 and Dec 15 last year.

Ear­lier, Foo pleaded for a le­nient sen­tence as the com­pany was un­aware that de­duct­ing em­ploy­ees’ salaries for loans was il­le­gal.

“We would like to apol­o­gise as we did not know it was an il­le­gal pro­ce­dure to deduct their salaries with­out the per­mis­sion of the hu­man re­sources of­fi­cer.

“We also did not know pay­ing their salaries in cash was il­le­gal… we did that fol­low­ing re­quests from our em­ploy­ees,” he said.

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