Warning against forged job forms
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
A SENIOR labour official has warned employers against forging employment documents to acquire visas for foreign workers, a crime that can result in them losing their business licence.
Md Hazizul Hassan, a senior inspector at the Labour Department, said it is a ‘big challenge’ for his department to deal with irresponsible employers who submit false employment documents.
“The employers would falsify employment documents that were never approved by the Labour Department. This has happened, but it is no longer common. But, this is a very serious case because it affects business operations in the country,” he said.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Labour Department’s roadshow at the Fire and Rescue Department yesterday, he said there had been cases of employers submitting false employment documents to the National Registration and Immigration Department as a shortcut to obtain visas for foreign workers to work in Brunei.
Figures of forged employment documents were not available.
Under the Employment Order 2009, employment contracts must be approved by the Labour Department before employers are allowed to hire foreign workers.
Md Hazizul said there had been instances where employers produce false documents that state the number of foreign workers needed for a specific project.
He explained that the Labour Department will provide the valid employment contracts, whereas the National Registration and Immigration Department will issue visas that allow foreign workers to enter Brunei.
“Any foreign workers found to work in Brunei under false employment contracts will either be sent back to their countries of origin or the Labour Department will find other established companies that are willing to hire them,” he said.
He said employers might use this tactic to hire cheaper foreign labour and avoid the process of applying for employment passes.
One foreign worker is only allowed to work for one company in Brunei, said Md Hazizul.
“This is to make sure foreign workers do not have more than one job,” he added.
Under the Employment Order 2009, an employer caught hiring a foreign worker without a licence can be fined a minimum of $6,000 and up to $10,000, as well as a maximum of three years’ imprisonment, or both.
The Brunei Times