Runaway worker found in immigration sweep

Lyna Mohamad

Immigration officials found a foreign runaway worker during an operation that targetted three locations in Kampong Sungai Belukut in Mukim Kota Batu, Jalan Pasir Berakas in Mukim Berakas ‘A’ and Bangunan Haji Tahir Complex in Mukim Gadong ‘B’ yesterday.

The runaway worker was found in a rented room in Mukim Kota Batu and was apprehended under the Chapter 17 of the Immigration Act and Regulations and was detained by the immigration enforcement office for questioning.

Meanwhile, in Mukim Berakas ‘A’, 10 foreign workers were questioned and three have been remanded under Section 55(4)(a)(b)(c) of the Immigration Act, Chapter 17, failure to produce any valid documents during inspections. In Mukim Gadong ‘B’, 14 tenants at rented rooms were questioned and one has been remanded for also failing to produce any valid documentation to officials.

On Monday, immigration officials found a foreign construction worker violating Regulation 15(2) of the Immigration Act, Chapter 17 and ordered the man to report to the Kuala Belait Immigration Office for further questioning. The regulation requires foreign workers to work with the original employer.

Another operation on Tuesday found one foreign woman working at a tailor shop in Kampong Mulaut violating Regulation 9(4), working under a social visit pass. The woman was detained for further questioning by immigration officials.

ABOVE AND BELOW: Immigration officials carrying out a raid; and a foreign worker suspected of violating the Immigration Act. PHOTO: INRD

In a statement, the Immigration and National Registration Department (INRD) reminded the public that its Law Enforcement Section will apprehend, investigate and take legal action on any individuals who are found to violate the law.

The department also reminded that any foreigners commiting an offence will face legal action and if found guilty, they will be jailed and deported to their country of origin and blacklisted.

The department said that their operations and inspections carried out by immigration law enforcers is to enforce the Immigration Act and Regulation, Passport Act and Regulation while tracking down immigration offenders through public tip-offs or cooperation with
other agencies.

The operations also enforces the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Order, 2019 and any other activities against the country’s laws.

The department welcomes the public to provide information relevant to Immigration offenders by contacting the department’s hotline at 8734888 and 8753888.