| Hakim Hayat |
AN IMMIGRATION enforcement operation at a number of targeted houses and rented rooms in Berakas early yesterday morning uncovered some immigration offences, including failure to provide valid documents during inspection, a press release from the Immigration and National Registration Department (JIPK) said.
Eight foreigners were detained in the operation codenamed “Ops Kikis JIPK 91/2014” involving 16 Immigration Officers and led by the Chief Immigration Officer.
All immigration violators were brought to the Law Enforcement Division of the JIPK for failure to provide travelling documents with valid employment passes. Special passes were issued to the foreign nationals and summon letters were issued to two employers to assist in investigations.
During a raid at one of the rented rooms in Kg Delima, a foreign man was found to have overstayed in the country, with his immigration pass expired for more than 300 days. He was detained and remanded at the BSB Central Police Station.
Meanwhile, another foreign man who tried to evade Immigration Officers during the raid was also remanded at the BSB Central Police Station for further investigations for failure to show any valid travel documents or employment pass.
Six of those detained during the operation have been released following verification of their travel documents and passes issued by their respective employers.
In light of the operation yesterday, JIPK reminded employers to ensure the validity of their employees’ immigration passes and to keep a close tab on their whereabouts at all times. If convicted, those found to have overstayed in the country will be deported and will be blacklisted from entering the country.
JIPK also warned foreigners in the country to avoid making arrangements with or handing over their passports to bogus individuals who claim to be “agents” for immigration matters in respective agencies.