Raj’s Banana Leaf operator fined RM5,000 over lack of foreign worker details

KUALA LUMPUR: The operator of Raj’s Banana Leaf restaurant was slapped with a RM5,000 fine by the Magistrate’s Court today for failing to provide employment details for its foreign workers.

Muhamad Rizal Abd Rahman, director of Intercompass Sdn Bhd, pleaded guilty to two charges under Section 60K (1) of the Employment Act 1955 before magistrate Wong Chai Sia for failing to provide employment details for two workers.

The court fined him RM2,500 for each charge. Muhamad paid the fine.

Prosecuting officer Mohd Dzahiruddin Mat Salleh @ Ismail urged the court to impose a deterrent sentence as the case had gained public attention, but Rizal appealed for a lighter sentence, claiming he did not know he had to report to the authorities.

The Kuala Lumpur Labour Department conducted a check at Intercompass’ office in Bangsar in January and found that it failed to furnish employment details for its Indian workers, Suresh and Rajalingam, within 14 days of their employment in 2016. Intercompass runs the Raj’s Banana Leaf restaurant in Bangsar.

A 30-second video that went viral on social media showed workers from the restaurant cleaning plates beside a drain using water in a pothole in May.

Raj’s Banana Leaf was later ordered to shut down indefinitely by the Kuala Lumpur Health Department.

The health ministry also issued three notices to the restaurant operator for breaching the Food Act by not providing anti-typhoid injections to staff handling food, not registering with the ministry and failing to ensure the restaurant was pest-free.

The restaurant later apologised over the issue.

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