152 Chinese nationals, Bangladeshi fined for immigration offences

Some of the Chinese nationals being led to the Sepang Sessions Court today. (Bernama pic)

SEPANG: A total of 152 Chinese nationals and a Bangladeshi man detained in an operation against a suspected online cheating scam on Nov 20 were fined by the Sessions Court here today after they pleaded guilty to immigration offences.

One of them was ordered to serve a jail sentence for failing to pay the fine.

The 130 men and 23 women, aged 19 to 34, were charged with entering the country without valid documents and overstaying.

The charges against them were read in Mandarin and Malay by three interpreters from the Immigration Department.

All pleaded guilty before judge Tengku Shahrizam Tuan Lah in the proceedings, which lasted for about one-and-a-half hours.

One hundred and two individuals were charged under Section 6 (3) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 for failing to produce valid travel documents, and were fined RM5,000 each.

Another 51 were charged under Section 15 (4) of the same law for overstaying and were fined RM15,000 each, in default of five months’ jail.

All, except one, paid the fines.

The group was the second to appear in court, after 373 Chinese nationals were charged in the Sessions Court with similar immigration offences on Friday.

Six hundred and eighty Chinese nationals were detained, and more than 100 escaped, when immigration officers raided a six-storey building in Cyberjaya on Nov 20 in connection with an online scam syndicate.