| Danial Norjidi |
TEN foreign nationals were detained in an operation by the Law Enforcement Section of the Immigration and National Registration Department yesterday morning.
The operation, dubbed “Ops Kikis”, was led by the Chief Immigration Officer and involved 14 personnel. It took place at a house and rented room in the Mukim Kianggeh area between the hours of 4.30am and 7am.
The 10 detained foreign nationals, including three women, were brought to the Law Enforcement Section for further investigation. They were apprehended for failing to produce any documents with a valid immigration pass.
Nine special passes were then issued to nine foreign nationals, while their passports and ICs were confiscated temporarily and three summons letters were issued to three employers to help the investigation.
While being checked, one male foreign national who had been renting a room at a house in Mukim Kianggeh was found to have a visitor’s pass in his passport that has been expired for 393 days.
Another two foreign nationals, one male and one female, are workers who ran away from their employer. Both had been reported to the Law Enforcement Section and have now been detained. The female foreign national, who was found to possess a valid immigration pass, will have her pass revoked and will be returned to her country.
However, the male foreign national’s immigration pass has been expired for more than five months. His case is still under investigation and, if found guilty, will be punished under the law. Each of them had rented separate rooms in the aforementioned house.
As the Department explained, among the operation’s aims was to enforce the Immigration Act and Regulations, as well as the Passport Act and Regulations.
Towards continuing its enforcement activities, the Department invited members of the public to share any information they may have regarding immigration offences, with the assurance that their names and information will be kept completely anonymous. Members of the public can reach the Immigration and National Registration Department via 8734888 and 8753888.