Cleaner jailed 13 months for immigration offences

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JOHOR BARU - A 24-year-old Sabahan, who was charged with bypassing the Johor Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex to the republic for work, will be serving 13 months in prison not just for leaving the country illegally, but for also for lying to get a new travel document.

Sessions court judge Salawati Djambri sentenced Sounny Ginsai, who works as a cleaner in Singapore, to a total fine of RM9,800 (S$3,440) for both offences with 13 months imprisonment in default, if she fails to pay the fine.

At press time Sounny, who was not represented, was unable to raise the amount and was sent to prison.

In the first charge, she was charged under the Immigration Act for allegedly leaving the country without going through the proper immigration control centre at 6am on June 26.

She allegedly committed the offence at KM757.50 along the railway lines towards Singapore.

In the second charge under the Passport Act, she allegedly lodged a false statement saying that her previous passport was lost in order to get a new one despite knowing that the previous travel document had been confiscated by Immigration officers.

She was caught with the new passport at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar CIQ complex at 12.35pm on Aug 5.

In another two cases, two locals were fined RM5,000 each for transporting two Indonesian illegals in their cars at the Johor CIQ.

In the first case, construction site foreman Yong Weng Chen, 47, was caught with a 31-year-old Indonesian known as Royanto at 10.40am on July 22.

In the second case, businessman Ahmad Shibroni Muhammad, 22, was caught with an Indonesian known as Zulkhairi Syahbuddin, 31, at 6.50am on July 20.

Both Malaysians were charged under the Immigration Act.