Two foreigners nabbed for violating LPA permits

Rokiah Mahmud

Two foreigners employed in jobs not included on their Foreign Worker Licence (LPA) permits were apprehended in an operation codenamed Operasi Sanggah 228/2020 recently.

The Law Enforcement Division of the Labour Department carried out the operation at separate locations in the Brunei-Muara and Temburong districts to ensure that employers were adhering to the regulations under the Employment Order 2009.

In the first inspection at the Berakas Sports Complex in the Brunei-Muara District at 8am, enforcement officers learnt that a foreign worker employed as an agricultural labourer had been placed as a food seller at the venue.

In the second inspection at Taman Aie Tenab in Kampong Selapon, Temburong District at 9.45am, a foreign worker originally designated as a labourer was found selling snacks in
the area.

The Labour Department said hiring foreign workers for jobs which are not specified in their LPA permits is an offence which carries the penalty of a BND600 compound fine for the first offence and a BND900 compound fine for the second offence.

Employers are advised to monitor their foreign workers’ welfare in accordance with the Employment Order 2009, such as adhering to the employment contract, paying the workers’ salaries on time and providing clean living quarters.

“Employers are reminded not to misuse the Foreign Worker Licence or violate the regulations under the Employment Order 2009,” said the Labour Department in a statement.

Contact the Labour Department at 2381848 or 7298989 for information.

Operasi Sanggah in session. PHOTO: LABOUR DEPARTMENT