| Azlan Othman |
STATISTICS provided by the Department of Immigration and National Registration yesterday show that almost 1.4 million people entered and exited Brunei Darussalam through the nation’s control posts last year, an increase compared to 2013, which recorded close to 1.2 million.
The increase is part of a definite trend with increases since 2006, which saw close to 600,000 people enter and exit the Sultanate.
This trend was discussed at a dialogue session yesterday between members of the Legislative Council and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The Kuala Lurah border control post recorded 2,459,977 exits and 2,432,446 entries last year, while the Sungai Tujoh border control post registered 1,947,560 exits and 1,997,916 entries.
Ujong Jalan in Temburong, which was previously known as Puni, recorded 1,012,808 exits and 1,021,292 entries, while Labu, also in Temburong, recorded 612,077 exits and 665,814 entries.
Meanwhile, figures pertaining to the Brunei International Airport showed 520,286 exits and 491,841 entries. Other entry points in and out of the country include Serasa Ferry Terminal, Muara Port and Kuala Belait Customs.
In a separate immigration issue, some 248 people were caught overstaying last year, a decrease by 154 compared to 2013, which had 402 reported cases. Also, 418 pass holders were caught for failing to abide by immigration regulations last year, an increase of 112 compared to 2013, which registered 306 cases.
Some 174 cases of people who gained employment under working visits were noted last year, compared to 139 in 2013. Another 43 cases of people not working while under employer guarantor was recorded last year, compared to 64 in 2013.
The number of cases of abetting offences stood at 120, a drop of seven cases from 2013, which recorded 127 instances of this occurring.
A number of other offences recorded include failure to report upon entry and exit, failure of employers to provide jobs and abusing the dependent pass.
Overall, from 2010-2014, 5,616 people have been caught for a slew of immigration offences.