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Court fines first batch of bosses for harbouring illegals

BUTTERWORTH: The first group of businessmen found harbouring illegal foreign workers after the Immigration Department’s E-card deadline ended on June 30 pleaded guilty at a Sessions Court here.

The four were separately charged with allowing illegal immigrants to enter and remain in their premises without valid permits or passes.

Judge Noor Aini Yusof fined each between RM6,000 and RM18,000 in default of three to eight months’ jail.

Businessman Tan Soon Heong, 57, pleaded guilty to allowing two Indonesians and a Myanmar national into his Bukit Mertajam factory at 11.50am on July 1.

The charge under Section 55E of the Immigration Act 1959/63 reads that no occupier shall permit any illegal immigrant to enter and remain in their ­premises.

Businessman Tan Soo Wan, 63, admitted to allowing a Nepali into his factory in Bukit Mertajam at noon on July 1.

Businessman Loh Soo Tiak, 56, admitted to allowing a Nepali and two Bangladeshis into his factory in Bukit Minyak at 10.30am on July 1.

Restaurant owner Lee Choon Kim, 38, admitted he had two Indonesians in his restaurant in Nibong Tebal without valid permits or passes at 10.38am on May 29.

State Immigration Department prosecuting officer Hazlan Dahlan prosecuted.

Noor Aini fined Soon Heong and Loh RM18,000 each in default of eight months’ jail.

She fined Lee RM12,000 in default of six months’ jail and Soo Wan, RM6,000 in default of three months’ jail.

The nationwide crackdown to get rid of illegal immigrants in the country began at midnight on July 1, after the E-card deadline ended.

The card is a temporary confirmation of employment and travel document for illegal foreigners while their employers complete the full process of registering them.