Dozens of offences uncovered

Hakim Hayat

Dozens of offences, including immigration violations, were uncovered during a joint operation with law enforcement agencies, led by the Enforcement Division of the Immigration and National Registration Department (INRD) at commercial areas in Mukim Sengkurong on Wednesday evening.

According to the INRD, 111 law enforcement officers from INRD, Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF), Royal Customs and Excise Department, Narcotics Control Bureau, Land Transport Department (JPD) and Labour Enforcement Division (LED) participated in the operation codenamed Langis JIPK 33/2021.

During an inspection conducted on 321 foreigners, seven were arrested for failing to produce original and valid travel documents, while one reported to have fled from an employer was apprehended. They were brought to the Enforcement Division, INRD for investigation.

The Royal Customs and Excise Department issued nine confiscation notices to seven Bangladeshis and two Filipinos for the possession of contraband. They also received compound fines for the offence.

The JPD issued 19 compound fines for offences such as unsafe vehicles, illegal modifications and driving without a valid licence.

The LED, meanwhile, issued 26 summons letters to foreign workers for further investigation under the Labour Department Act and Regulations.

INRD reminded employers to ensure the employees’ immigration pass validity and knowledge of their workers’ whereabouts. Foreign workers are also reminded not to deal with or hand over their passports to individuals who claim to be agents working for employment agencies.

Foreign nationals questioned during the operation. PHOTO: INRD