42 bikers fined between RM1,500 and RM1,800 for not producing passports at CIQ

Ahmad Fairuz Othman

PONTIAN: Forty-two motorcyclists, including their pillion riders were fined between RM1,500 and RM1,800, at the Immigration Sessions Court here today for failing to submit their passports when entering and leaving the country.

The 40 men and two women, aged between 23 and 61, pleaded guilty to the charge read in front of Judge Salawati Djambari.

The court then slapped the motorcycle riders with RM1,800 fine each, and ordered for their pillion riders and senior citizens among them to be fined RM1,500 each.

Based on the charge sheet, 11 of the men failed to show their passports to the Immigration officers when entering Malaysia at the motorcycle control entry at the Sultan Iskandar's Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex at 5.20pm on Feb 16.

They were charged under Section 26(4) of the Immigration Act 1959/63 which carries a fine of up to RM10,000 or maximum jail term of five years or both, upon conviction.

Another 31 people, including the two women, pleaded guilty for failing to show their passports when leaving the same checkpoint at 6.50am on Feb 20.

They were charged under Section 2(2) of the Passport Act 1966 which carries a fine of up to RM10,000 or maximum prison term of up to 10 years or both upon conviction.

The bikers were detained during an Immigration Department-led operation codenamed 'Op Kutip'.

Immigration Department prosecuting officer Sarvena Giman prosecuted. All of the accused were unrepresented.