A foreign couple was caught residing in a rented room in Mukim Berakas together during a raid by the Immigration and National Registration Department in the early hours of Tuesday.
The male who rented the room lied to immigration saying he lived in the room alone. However, a woman was found hiding under a bed near one of the walls after immigration officers inspected the room.
Upon inquiring, the women told immigration officers that she gave her passport to a local man who was acting as an agent that manages and lengthens the immigration pass. However, immigration officers have so far failed to establish contact with the agent.
A statement from the department said that the female was staying in the country on an expired visitor's pass.
Both foreigners were brought and detained temporarily at the Bandar Seri Begawan Police Station. The case is still under investigation.
In the same operation, five male foreigners were also brought and detained temporarily at the same police station because all of them failed to produce any documents with a valid immigration pass.
Dubbed Ops Kikis JIPK 54/2014, it involved 20 officers from the Immigration Department led by the assistant director.
Immigration officials also conducted a routine check at the Kg Tunggulian Sg Liang Area in Belait after a tenant evaded a raid during the Ops Kikis JIPK 53/2014, which was conducted last Saturday, July 5.
A total of 11 special passes were issued to foreigners during the raid last Saturday, and four summons were issued to their employers as well to help with investigations.
The man who evaded the immigration officers was eventually caught during the routine check, where officers discovered that he had been caught previously and also asked to leave the country for overstaying.
He was brought over to the Police Station in Kuala Belait for further investigation.
At the same time, the officer also stopped a suspicious car, driving back and forth near the area, during the routine check.
The officers issued a special pass to one of the three foreigners in the car for further questioning and verification of his travel documents.
The department also urged members of the public to share any information on immigration offenders through their hotline at 8734888 or 8753888. The informant's identity will be kept strictly confidential.