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Premises owner denies harbouring 19 illegals

Tay Leong Hee

6th December, 2017

KOTA KINABALU: A premises owner claimed trial to a charge of harbouring 19 illegal immigrants.

Tay Leong Hee, 53, who appeared before Sessions Court Judge Azreena Aziz, denied allowing the immigrants, who hail from the Philippines, aged 21 to 55, to remain in a hotel in Api-Api Centre on November 23 at 8.44pm.

The offence comes under Section 55E(1) of the Immigration Act 1059/63 and punishable under Section 55E (2) of the same Act, which carries a fine not less than RM5,000 but not exceeding RM30,000, or imprisonment not more than 12 months, or both, for every illegal immigrant found at the premises, upon conviction.

Clad in a brown tartan shirt, Tay was accompanied by his counsels Datuk Cham Chin Tang and Adrian Cham who asked for a lenient sum of bail.

The court set January 10 next year for case management and April 5-6 for the trial.

Tay was allowed bail at RM50,000 with RM30,000 deposited in two local sureties and his passport to be impounded by the court.

The accused was also ordered to report at the nearest police station once a month.

Meanwhile, another man was charged before the same court for overstaying in this country. Alcrite Bravo Mission pleaded not guilty for overstaying even after his passport had expired since four months and 23 days ago.

He is facing a charge framed under Section 15 (1) (c) of the same Act, that carries a fine of up to RM10,000, or a jail term of up to five years, or both, upon conviction.

Alcrite’s counsel, Adrian Cham, asked for a medical attention to be given on his client who is suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid and heart disease.

Azreena fix January 10 for case management and ordered Alcrite to be further detained under Section 259 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Both of the cases were prosecuted by prosecuting officer from the Immigration Department, Hamisah Puteh. – NEDM

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