Despite repeated reminders, the HSBC has contravened the OSH Act 1994- Safety and Health Committee Regulations 1996, Part IV, Meetings of Safety and Health Committee- Frequency of meetings committee, which contained in Regulation 21. (1), as stated below:-
21. (1) A safety and health committee shall meet as often as may be necessary commensurate with the risks attendant on the nature of work at the place of work but shall not meet less than once in three months.
The Bank still failed to arrange for a meeting to take place, whereas the last meeting was held on 21st October 2016.
The penalty for not complying with the regulations stated above contained in Regulation 32 of the Safety and Health Regulations, which is as follows;
32. A person who by any act or commission contravenes any of the provisions of these Regulations shall be guilty of any offense and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding five thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both.
As the highest ranking officer of the Bank, the CEO, Mr Mukhtar Malik Hussain had shown lackadaisical attitude towards securing safety, health and welfare of the workers in the Head Office. We have written to the CEO yesterday and awaiting his response.