Passport must be stamped at checkpoint

JOHOR BARU: Thousands of local workers travelling by buses and motorcycles to Singapore daily have been warned that it was an offence not to get their passports stamped at the checkpoints.

Johor Immigration director Rohaizi Bahari said that these workers should not blame the department if they get caught and because of that they lose their jobs in Singapore.

“There are cases in the past whereby the workers lose their jobs in Singapore after being absent for work as they were under detention for such offences at the Johor checkpoints,” he told StarMetro.

He added that another issue would arise when it comes to insurance claims if anything happened.

“There are times when certain parties write to us asking to verify if the person was truly out of the country. If you do not stop at the counter, then you have illegally exited the country,” he said, adding that his officers have been directed to step up operation at the check-points in the state.

Recently at least eight locals were arrested for trying to evade stamping their passports by lying on the floor inside their factory bus during inspection at the Bangunan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex here.

However, their ruse was discovered when immigration officers carrying out checks discovered the curtains inside the bus “mysteriously moving” while all the passengers had disembarked to get their passports stamped at the CIQ complex.

It is learnt that the immigration officers then found the eight of them lying face down inside the bus during the 5.30am incident.

It is learnt that the suspects comprised five men and four women, aged 20s to 50, have since been detained to help with investigations. The 45-year-old bus driver was also detained.

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