A Malaysian human-resources manager has been fined 25,000 ringgit (US$6,200) for hiring an undocumented worker from Indonesia.

Kamaruddin Su, a 41-year-old Malaysian man who worked for Jakel, Malaysia’s leading textile retailer, had previously pleaded guilty to violating the Immigration Act. He had hired Sukiyati, a 46-year-old Indonesian woman, who did not have a legitimate work permit, Malaysiakini.com reported.

Su was arrested by immigration officers at Jakel Mall in Kuala Lumpur on July 6 last year.

As a representative of Jakel, Su was fined 25,000 ringgit and will be given a suspended jail term of six months if he fails to pay the fine.

Prior to the sentence, Judge Wan Mohd Norisham Wan Yaakob told Su to remain cautious when hiring foreign workers. Yaakob said it was sad that the number of undocumented migrants kept on rising even though the Malaysian government had made a lot of effort to curb illegal immigration.

According to the Immigration Act, people who hire illegal migrants are to be fined up to 50,000 ringgit or jailed for one year.