| Hakim Hayat |
A JOINT operation between various law enforcement agencies targeting houses and rented rooms in Mukim Kilanas last Saturday night uncovered a number of foreigners violating the law.
According to a press release from the Immigration and National Registration Department (JIPK), the joint operation code named ‘Operasi Kikis JIPK 84/2014’ involved 107 personnel from seven law enforcement agencies namely the Immigration Enforcement Division, Human Trafficking Unit of the Royal Brunei Police Force, Internal Security Department, Labour Enforcement Division, Religious Enforcement Division, Prevention Division of the Customs and Excise Department and the Narcotics Control Bureau.
Twenty-seven foreigners, seven of them women were temporarily apprehended by the Law Enforcement Division of the JIPK for failing to produce travel documents with valid immigration passes.
Twelve special passes were issued to foreigners and one summon letter was issued to an employer for further investigation.
Further investigations also uncovered four foreigners that had expired immigration passes; including one woman who was reported missing by employer since December last year and a woman who had her immigration pass expired since 1,025 days ago.
Meanwhile, two foreign men and two women were apprehended at the BSB Central Police Station pending for further investigation.
The Labour Enforcement Division meanwhile found four foreigners, all domestic workers who are not staying in their employers’ residence as stipulated by the domestic worker licence.
The Religious Enforcement Division meanwhile apprehended six foreign couples for close proximity charges.
The Customs and Excise Department recorded eight cases of foreigners in possession of contraband items such as cigarettes and liquor.