A grocery store owner pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to register his business with the Social Security Organisation (SOCSO) at the Ipoh Sessions Court today (March 25).
A.P. Vivekanandan, 57, the owner of A to Z Convenience Store located at Bandar Baru Medan Ipoh, pleaded guilty in front of Judge Khir Nizam Jemari.
He was charged with failure of registering the business with SOCSO within 30 days of opening on May 21 last year, as required under Section 4 of the Employees’ Social Security Act 1969 (Act 4) and Regulation 10(3) of the Employees’ Social Security (General) Regulations 1971.
He committed the offence under Section 94(g) of the Employees’ Social Security Act 1969 and is subject to punishment under Section 94 of the same Act, which entails imprisonment of up to two years, a fine of not more than RM10,000, or both.
The court ordered for a penalty of RM1,500 or a one-month jail, should he fail to pay.
The session was conducted by prosecuting officers for SOCSO, Mohd Faizal Nawawi and S.V. Naline.
Vivekanandan was unrepresented.