MELAKA: An electrical product manufacturer was fined RM2,000 by the Magistrate’s Court here today for employing a 17-year-old boy and overworking him, last year.
Magistrate Mohd Firdaus Saleh handed down the sentence after the company represented by its human development manager pleaded guilty to committing the offence at Taman Perindustrian Cheng here, on April 27, 2017.
The charge under Section 6(1)(a) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1966 carries a maximum RM5,000 fine or one year imprisonment, or both, on conviction.
According to the facts of the case, on June 19, an inspecting officer from the state Labour Department received a complaint against the company for overworking 46 employees under the Young Persons Category.
Investigations revealed, the company had ordered the 46, employed as production operators to work from 8 pm till 6 am, which is illegal under Section 6(1)(a) of the Children and Young persons (Employment) Act 1966.
Earlier, prosecuting officer Farah Syuhada Mustafa from the Labour Department urged the court to impose an appropriate sentence as a lesson to the accused and as a warning to other companies, to protect young persons and children from exploitation.
The company did not engage a lawyer. - Bernama