Singapore: A Malaysian was arrested after he tried to evade immigration clearance by tailgating the car in front of him at the Woodlands Checkpoint.
The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a statement that the 42-year-old man, who was driving a Malaysia-registered Perodua Kembara, was not in possession of any travel documents when he arrived at about 12.20pm on Sunday.
“The ICA officer immediately activated the alarm and the Arrival Car Zone was locked down immediately,” said a spokesman.
“ICA officers together with the police officers at the checkpoint found the car trapped in the zone and the driver was placed under immediate arrest.”
The driver, identified as Koh Chin Had, is due to be charged for failure to present a passport for clearance under Sec 5A(1)(b); and failure to stop his vehicle upon point of entry under Sec 18B(1) of the Immigration Act, said the ICA.
This is the third incident this year that a driver was arrested for failing to stop for immigration clearance.
On Jan 17, Malaysian teacher Nurul Rohana Ishak, 27, slipped past immigration officers at Woodlands Checkpoint.
On March 8, Malaysian Tan Chu Seng, 64, apparently drove through the checkpoint after being stopped for a boot check. — The Straits Times/Asia News Network