$19k fine for hiring immigration culprits

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A SHRIMP and fish farming factory in Tutong was fined $19,200 by the Magistrates’ Court yesterday after a representative of the company pleaded guilty to employing six immigration offenders.

On October 25, 2012, acting on a complaint, a team of Immigration personnel from the Enforcement Section conducted a raid at Semaun Marine Resources Sdn Bhd.

During the inspection, officers found four Filipino women and one Filipino man who were not under the sponsorship of the company.

Three of the women were supposed to be employed as factory workers for ATH Garments Sdn Bhd, while the other woman was supposed to work as a mason for Syarikat Umat Jaya.

The Filipino man was holding an employment pass as a construction worker for Syarikat Panchor Duit Bahagia.

The sixth immigration offender was a Malaysian man who only had a social visit pass under the company’s employment.

Semaun Marine Resources admitted to hiring the workers as it lacked manpower to complete the packaging process on time.

During the proceedings yesterday, the presiding judge ordered Semaun Marine Resources to pay the fine within eight weeks.

The court said that since the defendant is a company there is no in-default sentence. However, the court reminded the company that should it fail to pay the fine, further action will be taken against it.

The Brunei Times