SINGAPORE (ANN): Three people were arrested on Sunday night (Jan 12) for allegedly entering Singapore illegally, the Police Coast Guard said on Monday.
They were a 44-year-old Indonesian man, a 41-year-old Indonesian woman and a 39-year-old Malaysian man.
The police said in a statement that the coast guard detected an unnumbered fibreglass boat at sea, off Eastern Buoy which is located off the coast of Changi, at 9.13pm on Sunday.
Two people had jumped off the boat while one remained on board. Shortly after, a man who was in the water was observed to have swum back to the boat.
The coast guard then intercepted the boat and arrested an Indonesian man and woman who were on board, the police said.
The Malaysian man, believed to be the boatman, was later detained and arrested at sea, off Eastern Buoy.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the two Indonesians had intended to enter Malaysia illegally via the boat steered by the Malaysian man to seek employment.
The trio were arrested for illegally entering Singapore under the Immigration Act.
The Malaysian man is also being investigated for his act of smuggling illegal immigrants into the country.
They are expected to be charged in court on Tuesday.
Anyone found guilty of illegal entry into Singapore will be jailed for up to six months and get at least three strokes of the cane. Anyone found guilty of smuggling illegal immigrants will be jailed for between two and five years and get at least three strokes of cane.
Women cannot be caned. - The Straits Times/Asia News Network