Employer fined for harbouring illegal immigrants

KUCHING: An employer in Sibu has pleaded guilty before the Sessions Court and was fined RM225,000 — RM5,000 per illegal immigrant that he harboured.

In default he would get jail time, and he was also given the option of serving jail time of 135 months (three months per person).

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said the prosecution was made under Section 55E (1) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 which states no resident can allow any illegal immigrant to enter or stay in any premises.

That being said, a total of 45 illegal immigrants were arrested after they were found staying in the accused’s premises.

“The accused pleaded guilty before the Sessions Court and was fined RM225,000 (RM5,000 per person) in default of jail time,” the committee said, adding that the accused was also given the option of serving jail time of 135 months (three months per person).

Meanwhile, the police have issued 10 compounds to errant individuals who failed to comply with the SOPs — five in Miri, three in Kota Samarahan, and one each in Kuching and Padawan.

On the other hand, the Ministry of Local Government issued 107 verbal, written, and seizure warnings in areas under the supervision of various local councils.