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Remus
02/10/2009 09:10:54
Re: imposition of fine

Our company (in Sarawak) hired several foreign workers through an agency. The workers arrived and in the contract issued and brought with them have clauses that stated:

Pasal 7:
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"Pihak kedua memberi hak kepada majikan untuk melaksanakan pemotongan-pemotongan gaji apabila majikan kehilangan atau kerosakan yang diderita oleh majikan sebagai akibat dari suatu tindakan yang salah yang dilakukan oleh pihak kedua tanpa adanya perintah...."

1) Is this legal? because SLO as well as EA mentioned deduction of salary under certain situations only, not including as above.

Pasal 21:
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"Apabila pihak kedua tidak memenuhi atau tidak melaksanakan kewajibannya sebagaimana tertera dalam perjanjian kerja ini dan ingin pulang atau tidak memutuskan kontrak kerja secara sepihak sebelum waktu masa perjanjian berakhir, maka majikan / pihak pertama akan mengenakan denda sebesar RM 600.00 terhadap pihak kedua."

AND,

Pasal 26
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"Pekerja yang dipilih dan diberikan tanggungjawab sepenuhnya untuk menjaga unit kebun / tempat berkenaan mesti menjalankan tugasnya dan apabila terdapat kehilangan ayam atau apa-apa pun harta dari tempat kerja berkenaan ..... dia akan disuruh mengantikan kerugian itu...."

2) Could we impose that kind of fine and "ganti rugi"? Eventhough it is in an employment agreement and accepted by employee, it seem to exceed the limit of employer's power.
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KL Siew
kl_siew@yahoo.com
02/10/2009 11:10:03
I don't know about those clauses. What I know is that deductions must be done in accordance with Section 24 of the Employment Act which says:

"24. Lawful deductions.

(1). No deductions shall be made by an employer from the wages of an employee otherwise than in accordance with this Act....."

For details of that section, you can read about it at http://pesaraonline.net/part4.htm This section is under the Employment Act 1955 for West Malaysia and I think it is more or less tike the one in the Sarawak Labour Ordinance about lawful deductions.

You may also consult the Labour Department in Sarawak.

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