Factory fined RM20,000

KULAI: A bicycle spare parts manufacturing factory in Senai here has been slapped with a RM20,000 compound and ordered to shut down for one week for violating the standard operating procedures (SOPs) by allowing more than 60% of their workers to be at the factory at the same time.

Johor Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department (JPJKK) chief Senior Asst Comm Abdul Aziz Ali said the compound was issued after a raid was conducted at the factory at around 11.50am yesterday.

“Based on the headcount we conducted, there were 257 workers who had come to work at the factory, which is more than the maximum number of 162 people.

“Due to this violation, the factory owner has been issued a compound of RM10,000,” he said after the operation here.

SAC Abdul Aziz added that another RM10,000 compound was issued to the factory owner for failing to ensure physical distancing between their workers during work hours.

He said the raid was a joint operation with the Labour Department, Kulai Municipal Council and Health Ministry.

During the raid, more than 20 factory workers, believed to be immigrants, escaped by climbing over a wall at the premises after noticing the enforcement officers’ presence.

“Six workers have also been issued a compound of RM1,500 each for not registering with the MySejahtera app,” he said.

He added that the factory had been in operation for the past 15 years.

SAC Abdul Aziz said the factory would only be allowed to reopen after the management agreed to follow all regulations imposed by the government in their application to continue operating.

“Although this factory has received an operating approval letter from the International Trade and Industry Ministry to operate, it is still required to follow the SOPs,” he added.