JOHOR BARU - A Singaporean believed to be holding a Malaysia Automated Clearance System (MACS) sticker was fined for exiting Malaysia and heading to Singapore without scanning his passport at the Johor Customs, Immigration and Quarantine complex.
Sessions Court judge Salawati Djambri fined See Ah Chai, 48, RM2,000 (S$662) or in default three months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to the offence. He paid the fine.
See was detained at the motorcycle lane of the Johor CIQ at 9.40am on Nov 10.
The Star has in the past highlighted the failure of the system because no biometric thumb-scanners were placed at the MACS auto-gates at both the border crossings.
Since the MACS project was introduced five years ago, some 553,530 Singaporeans and foreign nationals with long-term employment in the island republic had applied for the MACS stickers, which allowed them quick access via autogates at two Malaysian checkpoints along the Johor Causeway and Second Link.
In an unrelated case, Singapore's Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers stopped a school bus and a tour bus, and seized S$168,310 (RM387.113) worth of contraband cigarettes in two separate raids several days ago.
All the suspects, vehicles and contraband, were handed over to the Singapore Customs Department for investigations.