Thursday, 17 January 2019 – Tabung Amanah Pekerja (TAP) in collaboration with the Attorney General's Chambers has prosecuted against Ashturi Supplies & Services for failing to pay employee's contribution to TAP according to Section 26 under Employee Trust Act (Chapter 167) and Section 29 of Supplemental Contributory Pension Trust Order, 2009. The mention of the case was held on Thursday, 11 Jamadilawal 1440 corresponding to 17 January 2019 which took place at the Magistrate Court, Bandar Seri Begawan.
The case was conducted by TAP's Prosecuting Officer Nurul Siti Diyana binti Abdullah and appeared with Deputy Public Prosecutor, Dayang Amiriah Binti Haji Ali from Attorney General's Chambers.
The company represented by its owner pleaded guilty to the charges for failing to pay its employee's TAP and SCP contribution. The Court then sentenced the owner of the company to pay a total fine of $6,000 by 29 June 2019 and 2 months imprisonment in default of payment. Apart from that, the owner was also ordered to pay to TAP the outstanding contributions together with the dividend due by 29 June 2019.
Under Section 26 of the Employee Trust Act (Chapter 167) and Section 29 of Supplemental Contributory Pension Trust Order, 2009, those employers found guilty in breach of the law are liable to a fine not exceeding $3,000.00 for the first offence, and a fine not exceeding $10,000.00 for the second and subsequent offences.
TAP strongly advise employers to abide by the law and make their TAP and SCP contributions on time before 15th of the preceding month to avoid late charges. This is to safeguard its members' welfare and ensure that employers abide to the Law.
Meanwhile, in the event that employees are not registered or their monthly contributions are not paid to TAP; employees are advised to lodge a complaint by contacting TAP's Call Centre at 2382800 during office hours, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting any of TAP counters along with related documents.