PEKAN NENAS: A 40-year-old local who rushed to work in Singapore paid a hefty price after he was fined for not stopping and showing his passport to immigration officers.
Chong Chat Weng was turned back at Singapore’s Tuas checkpoint after cutting the queue and travelling to Singapore without showing his passport when Malaysian immigration officers informed their counterparts of the breach.
The air-conditioning repairman committed the offence at the motorcycle exit lane at the Sultan Abu Bakar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex at 9.30am on June 29.
He was charged under Section 12(2) of the Passport Act 1966 which provides a maximum punishment of RM10,000 in fine, jail time of not more than five years or both.
Sessions court judge Zahilah Mohammad Yusoff fined Chong RM2,000 after he pleaded guilty to committing the offence.
He paid the fine.
Meanwhile, in a special court at the Immigration detention camp here, three locals were fined a total of RM42,000 for employing eight foreigners in three separate cases.
The locals employed seven Vietnamese and a Bangladeshi.
All the Vietnamese were nabbed at two shops in Muar where they worked as waitresses, while the Bangladeshi was nabbed in Endau at a house.
The accused – Teo Wei Ching, 23, Yap Kim Wee, 31, and Lim Ah Guan, 54 – paid the fines after they pleaded guilty under Section 55E(1) of the Immigration Act.
Immigration prosecutors Norhasimah Othman and Norzuriana Muhammad Nor prosecuted the cases, while the accused were unrepresented.
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