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Published: Wednesday April 23, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday April 23, 2014 MYT 6:58:57 AM

Malaysian jailed for crossing border checkpoint without stopping

A MALAYSIAN motorist – the third person to breach security at Woodlands checkpoint in four months – has been jailed for eight weeks.

Poultry seller Koh Chin Had, 42, admitted to failing to stop his Johor-registered vehicle and driving into Singapore at the checkpoint’s car arrival counter two Sundays ago.

A district court heard that Koh was driving to a temple in Johor Baru on April 13 when he lost his way and found himself at the immigration checkpoint.

He told an immigration officer that he wanted to U-turn back towards Malaysia and that he did not have his passport with him.

The officer told him to report to the Malaysian police near the Malaysian immigration checkpoint.

But he did not. Instead, he drove towards Woodlands checkpoint and joined the queue at the arrival car section.

He tail-gated the vehicle in front of him. When it drove past the drop arm barrier which was lifted up, Koh quickly drove his vehicle forward.

An Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officer saw this and immediately pressed the panic button, causing the arrival car zone to be locked down.

Traffic there came to a standstill and Koh was arrested.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Teo Lu Jia said Koh had entered Singapore via Woodlands checkpoint on at least three occasions, and knew that he was required to stop his vehicle at an authorised point of entry. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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