Court metes out hefty fines for illegal worker offences

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 03 Jan 2019

PEKAN NENAS: Four local employment agents, two of whom are women, were fined a total of RM177,500 by the Sessions court for housing 32 illegal foreign workers in a foreign workers' enclave at the Tebrau industrial estate here.

Judge Zahilah Mohammad Yusoff fined Goh Siew Ling, 35, a total of RM5,500 for having one illegal worker; K.Gayathri, 31, RM24,000 for four foreigners; Muhamad Zaidi Abdullah, 28, RM33,000 for six workers; and Kong Chin Meng, 21, RM115,0000 for having 21 illegals.

All four agents, from various foreign workers employment companies, pleaded guilty to committing the offence on Aug 31 at about 12.10am.

All were charged under Section 55E( 1) of the Immigration Act 1963.

The four, who were unrepresented, duly paid the fines.

The illegals comprising Indians, Indonesians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis were employed in an electronics factory in the area.

Immigration prosecutor Norzuriana Muhammad Nor prosecuted.

Meanwhile in another unrelated case at the special court at the Immigration detention centre here, Zahilah fined a 35-year-old hairdresser from Mersing RM10,000 for employing an Indian national without a valid work permit at her premises in Mersing on Nov 22.

The accused paid the fine.

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