PEKAN NENAS: At least six local employers, including a businesswoman, were fined a total of RM117,500 for employing undocumented foreigners in their premises in Johor.
Sessions court Judge Zahilah Mohammad Yusoff fined the accused between RM5,500 and RM55,000 each for employing 23 undocumented foreigners in various businesses.
All the locals, aged 37 to 63, pleaded guilty to committing the offence under Section 55E(1) of the Immigration Act during a special court hearing at the Immigration detention depot here.
All the foreigners were nabbed in Johor Baru, Batu Pahat and Muar.
They were allegedly working at various premises, including in a frozen food distributing outlet, food reflexology outlet, bundle shop, food outlet, metal and printing factories.
The case was prosecuted by Immigration prosecutor Norhasimah Othman, while all the accused were unrepresented.
All paid the fines.
The state Immigration Department has intensified their raids statewide and were carrying out operations using various codenames including Ops Mahir, Ops Gegar, Ops Belanja and Ops Selera to nab undocumented immigrants.