Company director, a former senator, fined RM340k for having illegal immigrants at his business

  • Nation
  • Friday, 10 Jul 2020

ALOR GAJAH (Bernama): A former senator has been fined a total of RM340,000, in default 68 months’ jail, by the Sessions Court here after he pleaded guilty to allowing 68 illegal immigrants to enter his premises in January this year.

Judge Ahmad Sazali Omar meted out the fine on Datuk Chiew Lian Keng, who is a director of NSK Holdings Sdn Bhd, on Friday (July 10).

Chiew, 56, was charged with allowing the illegal immigrants, all men and comprising 51 Indian nationals, Pakistani (11), Myanmar (three), Bangladeshi (two) and a Nepalese at his premises at the NSK Trade City wholesale market at Jalan TTC 26, Taman Teknologi Cheng here at about 4pm on Jan 22.

The charge, framed under Section 55E(1) of the Immigration Act 1959/63, provides a maximum fine of RM30,000 or imprisonment for up to 12 months, or both, for each illegal immigrant found at the premises, upon conviction.

Chiew was fined RM5,000 for each illegal immigrant, in default a month’s jail.

When handing down the sentence, Sazali said as a company director, Chiew should have been aware of regulations on hiring employees.

Prosecuting officer from the Immigration Department Nuratika Aman prosecuted, while lawyer Zaflee Pakwanteh represented Chiew. – Bernama

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