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Harbouring Illegal Immigrants

Involvement As An Employer Hiring /Harbouring Illegal Immigrants In The Premises

1. Section 55B Immigration Act 1959/63 
The act of employing one or more persons other than citizens or Entry Permit holders who do not have a valid pass.

Penalty:
A fine of not less than RM10, 000 but not more than RM50, 000 or imprisonment not exceeding 12 months or both for each illegal immigrant under his employ. 
A person who employs more than 5 illegal immigrants at the same time is liable to imprisonment of not less than 6 months but not more than 5 years and is subject to whipping of not more than 6 strokes.

2. Section 56 (1) (d) Immigration Act 1959/63

A person shall not knowingly harbour any person whom he knows or has reasonable grounds for supposing to have contravened the Immigration Act 1959/63.

Penalty
A fine of not less than RM10, 000 but not more than RM50, 000 is imposed on the offender who harbours an illegal immigrant. A person who harbours more than 5 illegal immigrants at the same time is liable to imprisonment of not less than 6 months but not more than 5 years and is subject to whipping of not more than 6 strokes.

3. Section 55E Immigration Act 1959/63
Any person (occupier) who allows any illegal immigrant (PATI) to enter or stay in the premises where he has direct interest and control as a supervisor or manager.

Penalty
A fine of not less than RM5, 000 but not more than RM30, 000 or imprisonment not exceeding 12 months or both for each illegal immigrant. For the second offence, a fine of not less than RM10, 000 but not exceeding 2 years or both.

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Last Update: 19 October 2018.

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