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Two companies fined RM65,000
Published on: Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Two companies were fined a total of RM65,000 for committing offences under the Occupational Safety and Health.

Sessions Court Judge Ainul Shahrin Mohamad handed the fine to Oscacom Sdn Bhd and Lintasan Korporat Sdn Bhd after its representatives pleaded guilty, Tuesday.

Lintasan Korporat was fined RM40,000 for failing to conduct its undertaking in such a manner that will ensure the safety of others at 4.50pm on May 10, 2016 at its work site at Km 51.0 Jalan Kota Kinabalu- Keningau- Tenom.

The offence had resulted in a fatal accident involving sub-contractor Oscacom's worker Jenny Ahga, 54.

The offence under Section 17(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act provides for a fine of up to RM50,000, or a jail term of up to two years, or both, on conviction. Oscacom was fined RM25,000.

During mitigation, counsel Chin Tek Ming, who defended both companies, asked for a light sentence.

However, Prosecuting Officer Mohd Khairof Fais Abd Raop of the Occupational Safety and Health Department urged the court to hand down an appropriate sentence as a lesson to the companies and would-be offenders. - Cynthia D Baga

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