Public advised against hiring helpers without proper papers

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE public have been cautioned against hiring foreign nationals without valid employment passes after five people were nabbed in immigration raids on Tuesday.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Immigration and National Registration Department stressed it is an offence to take foreign nationals as maids or other form of work if they are not holding valid employment passes or are under a different guarantor.

Individuals found guilty of illegally hiring foreign nationals could be fined up to $3,000 for each offence under Chapter 17 of the Immigration Act. The stern warning came following a series of immigration raids on August 16 targeting rented properties in Mukim Gadong and Mukim Kianggeh, Bandar Seri Begawan, where five people were caught for various immigration violations. Among those detained were two foreigners with expired immigration passes. The male foreigner overstayed for 3,625 days in Brunei, while the female overstayed for 389 days.

Meanwhile, two foreign women were believed to have been illegally employed as a cleaner and a manager, respectively, an offence punishable with a maximum penalty of $10,000, three years imprisonment or both under Section 112 of the Employment Order.

Another foreign male was also found with one carton and nine packets of contraband cigarettes, which did not have Brunei’s health warning printed on its packaging.

The immigration raids, which began at 9.30pm and ended at around 1.30am, involved 61 officers from the Labour Department, Religious Enforcement Section, Royal Customs and Excise Department as well as the Royal Brunei Police Force’s Criminal Investigation Department and Human Trafficking Unit.

“In support of these efforts, the department is calling for public cooperation in giving tip-offs relating to immigration violations,” said the Immigration and National Registration Department.

The acting assistant immigration director of the Law Enforcement and Security Clearence Section said members of the public can anonymously provide information in connection to such offences by contacting their hotline at 8734888 or 8753888.

The Brunei Times