Eight held, notices issued at Tg Aru work site
Published on: Friday, March 15, 2019
By: Jeremy S Zabala

KOTA KINABALU: Eight foreign workers were detained by the Immigration Department while 35 notices and four compounds were issued by various agencies in an integrated operation organised by the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) at a construction site in Tanjung Aru, here, Thursday.

Sabah CIDB Director Rosmen Ag Hassan said the operation involved 82 personnel from City Hall (DBKK), Immigration, Sabah Energy Commission, State Health Department, Department of Occupational Safety and Health (Dosh), Malaysia Companies Commission (SSM), Akedemi Binaan Malaysia (ABM) and State Labour Department.

He said an inspection was carried out on the main contractor and seven subcontractors who employed a total of 82 workers comprising eight locals, 17 IMM13 holders, 12 from the Philippines and 39 from China.

“Further inspection showed one of the subcontractors was carrying out job scope above their grade, while four other subcontractors would be called in for further investigations.

“Several workers on site were found to have no accreditation as skilled workers. For these and several other offences, CIDB issued a total of 18 notices to the contractor and construction personnel,” he told reporters Thursday.

Rosmen said the eight foreigners detained by the Immigration comprised seven Filipinos and a Chinese man who failed to produce their identification documents as well as valid working permits.

He added that DBKK issued three compounds while the Labour Department issued 10 notices and Dosh, five.

The notices by Dosh were due to the failure to submit proper plans of additional facilities on site, while the Health Department issued a notice and a compound after finding three areas at the site to be mosquito-breeding grounds.

“We will continue to carry out such operation from time to time to ensure construction industry players abide by the rules and at the same time to enhance coordination and cooperation among the agencies,” he added.

Rosmen said CIDB will continue to emphasise and remind those involved in construction, especially developers, to adhere to the five main scopes listed.

“The scopes include compulsory registration as legal contractors and construction personnel, proper assessment of construction workers, construction materials are according to standard and fulfilling employee levy payment requirements,” he said.

He said CIDB will also carry out enforcement operations in the East Coast, including Tawau and Sandakan, soon.


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