Malaysian woman fined for immigration offence

A Malaysian woman who used a Thailand passport to enter and leave Brunei was fined $1,600 (S$1599) yesterday after she pleaded guilty to committing the immigration offence.

The court document said that on April 13, 2013, defendant Lim Choon Hiong, 37, arrived at the Kuala Lurah Control Post and was stopped by the Immigration officer on duty at the arrival clearance counter.

Upon inspection of the passport it was found that the Thailand passport was issued to a person named "Miss Phonphan Panyasai" which was not the same as the defendant.

From the investigation, it was revealed that Lim had falsely represented herself upon producing the travel document and managed to exit Brunei through the Kuala Lurah Immigration departure Control Post.

Investigations further revealed that while at the Kuala Lurah Immigration Arrival Control Post, Lim also falsely represented herself upon producing the travel document.

During the court proceedings before the senior magistrate, Lailatul Zubaidah Hj Mohd Hussain, Lim was ordered to pay the fines immediately or else face two months in jail for default in payment.