Ex-senator fined RM340,000 for allowing undocumented workers on business premises

ALOR GAJAH: A former senator was fined RM340,000 in default of 68 months’ jail by the Sessions Court here today 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 Chiew Lian Keng, who is a director of NSK Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Chiew, 56, was charged with allowing the illegal immigrants to work at the NSK Trade City wholesale market at Jalan TTC 26, Taman Teknologi Cheng on Jan 22.

The charge, framed under Section 55E(1) of the Immigration Act 1959/63, provides for 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 of a month’s jail.

Sazali said as a company director, Chiew should be aware of regulations on hiring employees.

The prosecuting officer was Nuratika Aman, while lawyer Zaflee Pakwanteh represented Chiew.

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