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17 foreigners nabbed in operations

Azlan Othman

Personnel from the Law Enforcement Division of the Bandar Seri Begawan Immigration and National Registration Department (INRD) nabbed 17 foreign workers in two operations targetting several food and vegetable stalls in Mukim Berakas ‘A’ and ‘B’ and business premises in Mukim Gadong recently.

Fifteen foreigners were apprehended during an operation at food and vegetable stalls in Mukim Berakas ‘A’ and ‘B’.

Twelve of them were instructed to report to the Law Enforcement Division of the INRD for engaging in jobs not stipulated in their employment visas.

This is a violation under Chapter 17 of Regulation 15(3) of the Immigration Act and Regulations.

Three others were detained and brought to the Law Enforcement Division for failing to show valid documents during the inspection.

ABOVE & BELOW: Foreign workers reported to have runaway from their employers apprehended in Mukim Gadong; and an immigration offender at a vegetable stall in Mukim Berakas. PHOTOS: INRD

One detainee was found to have committed an offence under Section 15 (1) of the Immigration Act and Regulations, Chapter 17 by overstaying.

Violators of immigration pass regulations will face a BND600 fine, the work passes revoked and deported to their country of origin, and their names blacklisted while employers will be fined BND3,000 for each immigration offender hired.

Meanwhile, during an operation at a rented house in Mukim Gadong, two foreign workers reported to have run away from their employer, were apprehended and are being investigated under Section 15 (2) of the Immigration Regulations, Chapter 17.

The INRD said they will continue to enforce immigration laws including the Immigration Act and Regulations, the Passport Act and Regulations in the country by conducting operations and investigations to ensure that the laws are adhered to. The department will also continue to enforce the Prevention of People Smuggling Order 2019 and Anti-Trafficking in Persons Order 2019.

The department said it welcomes public tip-offs which can be relayed to its hotline at 8734888 and 8753888.

The public is reminded that providing employment or harbouring immigration offenders is an offence for which legal action can be taken.

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