Unlawful foreigners come under scrutiny

Izah Azahari & Rokiah Mahmud

Forty-two personnel form the Law Enforcement Division of the Immigration and National Registration Department (INRD), the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) from Sengkurong and Limau Manis police stations, the Labour Department’s Enforcement Division and the Land Transport Department’s (JPD) Enforcement Division held a joint operation, dubbed Operasi Sepadu Pumpung 152/2020 between 2.45am and 6.40am yesterday.

The joint operation led by the Senior Chief Immigration Officer of the Law Enforcement and Security Vetting Division was held in areas under the jurisdiction of the law enforcement agency, especially at Pasar Tani Satenaga in Kampong Selayun.

A total of 21 foreign nationals, comprising 19 men and two women, were detained for violating the Immigration Act and Regulations Chapter 17.

The offenders were caught supplying vegetables and fruits to stall owners using a private vehicle, contradicting the positions stated in their work passes, and failing to show valid documents during the inspection.

They were taken to the Law Enforcement Division of INRD for further investigation.

An inspection on vehicles found one expired road tax with a modified device believed to be used to consume drugs.

ABOVE & BELOW: Law enforcement personnel during an inspection at Pasar Tani Satenaga in Kampong Selayun; and a private vehicle used for commercial purposes. PHOTOS: INRD

ABOVE & BELOW: Law enforcement personnel during the operation in Kuala Belait; and a foreign worker being questioned

The case was transferred to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), along with the driver and passengers for further investigation and action.

Meanwhile, the JPD issued 11 compound fines for offences under the Provision 56 – private vehicles used for commercial purposes and driving without valid driver’s licence.

Enforcement officers from the Labour Department detained nine men and two women foreign nationals not working according to their Foreign Worker Licence permits and misusing the job position, a violation of an Act under Section 86 of the Employment Order 2009 for an employer to place a worker not according to the foreign worker’s licence permit, an offence under Section 87.

If found guilty, the offender is liable to a fine of BND300 and BND600 for subsequent offence under Section 148, Chapter 112(2) of the Employment Order 2009. For the offence of the misuse of job permit, a violation of the Foreign Worker Licence regulation under Section 112(2) of the Employment Order 2009, if found guilty, one is liable to a fine of BND600 compound and BND900 for subsequent offence.

In the Belait District, a similar operation was conducted by six officers from the INRD Law Enforcement Division, Kuala Belait and seven officers from the Enforcement Division of Labour Department, Kuala Belait, led by Senior Immigration Officer, on November 21.

Fourteen foreign nationals were inspected while two were detained and are being investigated under Chapter 17 of the Immigration Act and Regulations, while one was detained for violating the Labour Act and Regulation. Their employers were also being investigated under the same act.

Meanwhile, during Operasi Pumpung 150/2020 conducted at a house renovation project in Panaga, Seria, one foreign national was investigated under Chapter 17 of the Immigration Act and Regulations for violating his social visit pass by working in the country. The operation was led by Senior Immigration Officer and three officers from INRD.

In the Operasi Pumpung 151/2020 on Monday, eight officers from the INRD led by Head of Immigration Officers conducted an inspection on security guards at two separate sites in Mukim Liang, Belait District.

Two foreign workers were detained under Chapter 17 of the Immigration Act and Regulations for not working according to their Foreign Worker Licence permit. Their employers were also investigated.

Information can be relayed through INRD hotline at 8734888 / 8753888 for Bandar Seri Begawan or 8984111 for Kuala Belait.