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Jakel’s human resources manager fined RM25,000

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A human resources manager of Malaysia’s textile retailer, Jakel, was fined RM25,000 by the Special Court for Illegal Immigrants for hiring an Indonesian worker without a valid work permit, last year – as reported in Bernama.

Judge Wan Mohd Norisham Wan Yaakob imposed the fine on Kamaruddin Su, aged 41, after the man pleaded guilty to hiring a woman by the name of Sukiyati, aged 46, who did not possess a valid work permit, as a staff.

Kamaruddin committed the offence at Jakel Mall, 159 Jakel Square, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, at 8pm on 6 July 2017, and was charged under Section 55B(1) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 – which carries fine of between RM10,000 and RM50,000 or jail term of not more than 12 months, or both, upon conviction.

The court also ordered him to serve six months’ jail if he failed to pay the fine; to which he paid the fine. Before sentencing, Judge Norisham also advised Kamaruddin as the company’s representative to be more careful in hiring foreign workers.

Judge Norisham commented: “Jakel is a famous company in Malaysia. As a human resource manager, you should be careful when hiring foreign workers. It’s sad that despite the many operations mounted by the Immigration Department to stop illegal immigration, the number of illegal immigrants keeps on rising.”

“Our prisons are not only filled by locals, but also foreigners. So, the punishment passed must serve as a lesson for other companies,” the judge continued.

Immigration Department prosecuting officer Mohd Khairul Amri Mohd Zainuddin prosecuted, while Khairuddin was not represented.

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