Law enforcers conduct security operation at tamu

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MORE than 100 law enforcers yesterday conducted a security operation at Tamu Kianggeh that resulted in four foreign suspects detained for labour and immigration offences.

The Royal Brunei Police Force in a statement said among the offences included abusing the employment pass, trading while using a visitor’s pass and the abuse of labour quotas.

The operation was conducted a day after His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, questioned the authorities over foreigners loitering at the cemetery behind Tamu Kianggeh.

The joint operation, which began at 9am, involved 110 people from RBPF, Immigration and National Registration Department, Labour Department, Municipal Department as well as the Religious Enforcement Department.

Brunei-Muara’s Assistant Officer in Command of Police District Superintendent Mazalan Hj Yaakub led the operation.

When The Brunei Times visited Tamu Kianggeh yesterday, most of the vendors appreciated the security operation, hoping that it could also curb the issue of foreigners loitering at the cemetery area behind the market.

Food vendor Hjh Ajijah Hj Tahir said she saw some foreigners relieving themselves at the cemetery, while some couples were seen practising indecent activities there.

“Every time I see those activities being conducted, I would yell at those people for such insolent behaviour, the cemetery is a sacred place, regardless of your religion it needs to be respected,” she said.

Hjh Ajijah suggested renovating the wall that divides the market and the cemetery.

“They should set up metal gates so that people can see what goes on in the cemetery area, with a lot of eyes watching, the number of foreigners loitering or practising indecent behaviour would lessen, if not disappear,” she added.

Hj Azhari Jais, another food vendor, said another solution is for law enforcers to patrol the area day and night.

Hj Azhari said he and other vendors found evidence of someone using their stalls to sleep at night.

“Sometimes we find clothing that do not belong to us, sometimes with candles and fabric that are used as curtains to conceal the person,” he said.

“Maybe one of the best solutions is to set up a police post near Tamu Kianggeh, that way safety is ensured for vendors as well as our property but also customers,” he added.

The Brunei Times