A former senator was fined a total of RM340,000, in default 68 months’ jail by the Sessions Court in Alor Gajah, Malacca, today after he pleaded guilty to allowing 68 undocumented migrants 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 68 undocumented migrants at his premises at the NSK Trade City wholesale market at Jalan TTC 26, Taman Teknologi Cheng at about 4pm last Jan 22.
The charge, framed under Section 55E(1) of the Immigration Act 1959/63, provides a maximum fine of RM30,000, or imprisonment for up to 12 months, or to both, for each undocumented migrant found at the premises, upon conviction.
Chiew was fined RM5,000 for each undocumented migrant, in default a month’s jail.
When handing down the sentence, Ahmad Sazali said as a company director, Chiew should be aware of the regulations on the hiring of employees.
Prosecuting officer from the Immigration Department Nuratika Aman prosecuted, while lawyer Zaflee Pakwanteh represented Chiew.