Three foreign workers were detained in Belait and Brunei-Muara districts by Immigration and National Registration Department officers in an operation codenamed Operasi Tumpas JIPK yesterday.
A foreign worker working at a restaurant in Seria on a social visit pass was detained and ordered to report to the Law Enforcement Division in Belait District for investigation for violating Regulation 9(4), Chapter 17 of the Immigration Act and Regulations.
The restaurant owner was also ordered to report to the division for further investigation.
Meanwhile, two female foreign workers were detained by immigration enforcement officers at restaurants in Mukim Gadong ‘A’ and Mukim Berakas ‘B’ last Thursday for violating Chapter 17 of the Immigration Act and Regulations for working on a dependent pass.
If found guilty, violators can be fined BND600 while the employer or those who harbour immigration offenders can be fined BND3,000.
Operasi Tumpas JIPK involved nine officers. The Immigration and National Registration Department (INRD) reminded the public that it will carry out operations, arrest, investigate and take legal action against any person who violates the law according to the jurisdiction provided.
It added that action will be taken against foreign citizens who commit an offense and, if convicted, they will be presented to the court, imprisoned, deported, and their names blacklisted.
The department welcomed the public to provide information related to offender via the INRD hotline at 8734888/8753888 (Bandar Seri Begawan)/8984111 (Kuala Belait). The information and the informant will be kept confidential.