| Izah Azahari |
A NUMBER of special passes for foreigners and summons letters for employers were issued by the Immigration and National Registration Department (JIPK) in Mukim Sengkurong, Mukim Kilanas and Mukim Gadong during operations conducted recently.
An operation on October 15 was conducted by two groups each comprising 15 officers at a vegetable stall in Kg Jangsak and in the area of Ban 6 at Kg Mulaut Kilanas where six foreigners including one female were found to have misused their immigration passes.
Two other surprise inspections were conducted separately at a stall selling Nasi Katok in Kg Tasek Meradun and a restaurant at a business complex in Kg Kiulap where two foreigners (one male and one female) were found to have misused their immigration passes.
Another surprise check was also conducted yesterday by a team of officers from the Law Enforcement Division comprising a chief immigration officer and six officers at the fruit shop lots near the Gadong Wet Market. One male foreigner was found misusing his immigration pass by selling fruits at a shop owned by a local man. A special pass has been issued to him while a summons letter was issued to the local to aid further investigation.
In a previous operation conducted on October 7, six men and a woman were given special passes for foreigners by the JIPK. They are accused of abusing their immigration passes by working in a shop at Mukim Berakas Shopping Complex.
Two employers were issued with summons letters to aid in the investigation.
Fourteen JIPK officers led by a chief immigration officer conducted the operation at about 1.40pm.
The operation was launched based on information collected from members of the public and with cooperation from other enforcement agencies.
It was aimed to ensure that the Immigration and Passport Acts and Regulations and the Smuggling Order and Trade 2004 are enforced to detect immigration offenders.
JIPK reminded employers to always make sure their workers’ immigration passes are still valid to avoid offences.
The Immigration and National Registration Department welcomed members of the public to come forward to provide information relating to immigration offenders by calling the hotlines 8734888 and 8753888. The information of the informer will be kept confidential.