| Zee Yusri |
FIVE foreign nationals were detained in an operation by the Law Enforcement Section of the Immigration and National Registration Department (JIPK) yesterday morning.
The operation, dubbed ‘Ops Kikis JIPK 93/2014’, was led by the Chief Immigration Officer and involved 11 immigration enforcement personnel. The inspection took place at six different business premises and Nasi Katok stalls at Mukim Mentiri and Mukim Berakas areas.
The five detained foreign workers were found to have visitor’s pass on their passports, whereas one of the females was found to have a valid pass as a maid, but she was found to be working as a cleaner in one of the business premises.
Meanwhile, another two male foreign nationals were brought to the Law Enforcement Section for further investigation. They were apprehended for failing to produce any identification document during an inspection at a Nasi Katok stall in Mukim Mentiri. It was also found that both of them had previously worked at a different Nasi Katok stall in Mukim Berakas under the same employer and had committed the same offence, for which a compound had been imposed which has not yet been cleared.
During the operation, special passes were issued to eight foreign nationals while their passports and identification cards were temporarily confiscated, and five employers were issued with summons to assist in the investigation.
One of the aims of conducting the inspection was to enforce the Immigration Act and Regulations as well as the Passport Act and Regulations.
JIPK reminded employers to ensure the validity of their workers’ immigration passes and to be up to date with their current whereabouts.
If offences related to immigration and passport regulations are committed, foreign workers would be deported to their home countries after being imprisoned and they would be blacklisted, while their employers would have to face legal charges.
Employers were also advised not to employ foreign workers who are not under the guarantee of their companies.
Towards continuing its enforcement activities, the department invited members of the public to share any information they may have regarding immigration offences, informed that their names and information will be kept confidential. Members of the public can reach the Immigration and National Registration Department at 8734888 and 8753888.