Foreign workers’ dorm inspected in Operasi Pumpung

Rokiah Mahmud

The Enforcement Section of the Immigration and National Registration Department (INRD) conducted Operasi Pumpung 134/2020, focussing on a foreign workers’ dormitory in Jalan Singa Menteri, Kuala Belait yesterday.

One worker was questioned for allegedly violating Regulation 15(3) of the Immigration Act Chapter 17, in performing work not included on his employment pass, after he was found carrying out vehicle repairs.

A further inspection of the quarters revealed a modified utensil, believed to have been used in the consumption of drugs. The case was handed over to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Kuala Belait branch for further action.

In a press statement, the INRD reminded employers to make sure that the immigration passes issued to foreign workers are still valid.

“It is considered an offence if a foreign worker is found working with an expired immigration pass. If found guilty, the worker will be deported from the country upon release from prison, and then blacklisted,” the INRD stated.

“Foreign citizens are reminded not to approach or hand over their passports to fraudulent agents who claim to undertake passport processing with the relevant agencies, but then vanish without a trace.

“If found guilty, the offender will be brought before court, imprisoned, deported and blacklisted from entering the country,” it added.

Meanwhile, the public is encouraged to inform the authorities regarding immigration violations.

All information, including the informant’s identity, will be kept confidential. Contact the INRD hotline at 89849111 (KB) or 8734888/8753888 (BSB).

A foreigner is questioned during the operation. PHOTO: INRD