| Lyna Mohamad |
A RAID carried out by officers of the Immigration and National Registration Department on Sunday saw another foreigner trying to elude the raiding party by hiding.
Twenty-seven year old Indonesian woman, Kartini, hid in a cabinet in a vacant rented room on the upper floor of a shop house in Mukim Sungai Kebun but her attempt proved futile as vigilant officers spotted her hideout. She was found to have overstayed in the country since her exit order was stamped last July 17, 2012, in her passport.
Following arrest, she is now temporarily remanded at the BSB Police Station. Meanwhile, in a rented room in a shop house in Mukim Sengkurong, a foreign couple along with five other foreigners, were detained after all of them failed to produce valid immigration documents. They were also temporarily remanded at the BSB Police Station for further investigation.
Of the nine foreigners arrested during the raids, six are females. Six of them were issued special passes and their identity cards were temporarily retained by the law enforcers.
Code-named ‘Ops Kikis JIPK 65/2014’, the raid, was conducted by a team of 17 immigration law enforcers, led by its Senior Chief Immigration Officer.
The team raided four houses and rented rooms of shop houses in Mukim Sungai Kebun, Mukim Pengkalan Batu and Mukim Sengkurong.
The Department of Immigration and National Registration reminded employers to always ensure that the working permits of their employees are valid as it is an offence to have a foreign employee working with an expired work pass.
They also advised employers to always know the whereabouts of their employees.
Foreign workers who are found to have worked on an expired pass will be deported after serving jail term and will be blacklisted and denied entry into the country.
The department welcomed information from members of the public on matters relating to immigration offenders, assuring that all information and details of informers will be treated with strict confidentiality. Members of the public may contact the department’s hotline at 8734888 and 8753888.