SANDAKAN, June 18 (Bernama) — A total of 17 employers here were found to have violated the Employees’ Social Security Act 1969 for failing to register their employees, in the first five months of this year.

The Sandakan branch of the Social Security Organisation (Socso) manager Joseph Immanuel said of the 17 employers, 12 were charged in court while the other five were compounded.

He disclosed this when opening a seminar here today. His speech was read by Socso Sandakan office executive officer Sahriah Sennawing.

Joseph said legal action including prosecution in court could be taken, and if convicted, they could be jailed for two years or fined a maximum of RM10,000 or both.

He said there were 9,709 employers in the Sandakan, Beluran and Kinabatangan districts who had registered with Socso and of this figure, 7,002 were active employers.

A total of 100,788 registered employees are working in various sectors in the three districts.