Bintulu companies found abusing approval allowing more than 30pct workforce on site will lose permits, vows Tiong

Dato Sri Tiong King Sing

KUCHING, May 13: Companies in Bintulu found abusing approval which allows them to have more than 30 per cent of their workforce on site will have their approved permits withdrawn.

Bintulu MP Dato Sri Tiong King Sing said Bintulu Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) decided to allow some companies with valid reasons to exceed more than 30 per cent limit of staff capacity but several were suspected to have abused these allowances.

“Unfortunately, this allowance has led to suspected abuses of the permits given to their staff in which several unscrupulous companies made all their workers turn up.

“Therefore, I am proposing to Bintulu DDMC chairman Jack Aman Luat to temporarily halt the approvals of these work permit allowances to review the existing permits for abuse,” he said in a statement yesterday (May 12).

Tiong added that these irresponsible behaviours of some companies and employers are an injustice to other affected business owners who complied with the law to keep 70 per cent of their employees at home.

Abusing the permits approved by Bintulu DDMC, he said, is also undermining the authorities’ efforts to prevent infections and Covid-19 spread among the workforce.

“It should be stressed that the relevant permit is not permanent since Bintulu enforced the standard operating procedure (SOP) for 70 per cent employees to work from home.

“If any company is found abusing it and obtained the permit without valid cause, the authorities will have all rights to withdraw it.

“The authorities will re-examine their operations and withdraw the violating permits and maintain the 70 per cent work-from-home order,” said Tiong. — DayakDaily