Renting out to illegals an offence


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 05 Aug 2004

IPOH: Those who rent out their houses or premises to illegal immigrants are liable to be charged in court, said Perak Immigration director Datuk Ishak Mohamed. 

In warning the public yesterday, Ishak said they could be charged under Section 55E (1) of the Immigration Act for allowing illegal immigrants to enter and stay at their premises.  

If found guilty, he said they could be fined RM5,000 or jailed up to a year for each illegal immigrant found staying at their premises. 

On a three-and-a-half hour operation codenamed Ops Sapu which was conducted from 10pm on Tuesday, Ishak said 13 foreigners including a five-year-old boy were detained.  

Six Indian nationals, aged between 40 and 47, including two women, were detained in a house in Buntong in the raid led by enforcement division chief Adnan Halib, he said. 

He said all of them were found to have overstayed in the country.  

He said three Bangladeshi men, aged 30, 32 and 34, were detained in a house in Jalan Haji Eusuff, Housing Trust here. 

One of them had a forged temporary employment pass sticker while the other two did not have any valid travel document, he said. 

Adnan said two Indonesian men, aged 25 and 28, who also possessed forged temporary employment pass stickers and worked as construction labourers, were detained in a shophouse in Jalan Silibin. 

A 36-year-old woman and her five-year-old son who had no valid travel documents were detained in a house in Jalan Silibin. 

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