S'porean among 14 nabbed for illegal exit at Johor immigration complex

S'porean among 14 nabbed for illegal exit at Johor immigration complex
A commuter taking a short cut by walking over the rail line to avoid the early morning jam at the Johor Causeway.
PHOTO: Sin Chew Daily

JOHOR BARU - The Johor Immigration Department has arrested another 14 men for using a rat trail to bypass the Johor Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex to enter Singapore.

In an operation headed by state deputy assistant director Zulkifli Abd Rahman that ended at 8am on Monday, the men including a Singaporean were caught exiting the country illegally by using the trail next to the railway tracks.

All 14 of them were arrested at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar checkpoint for further actions.

This followed after 36 Malaysians and a Singaporean man were detained on Saturday for using the same route to exit the country.

Since the Malaysian passport is electronic and does not need to be stamped, Singapore Immigration officers will not be alerted if the holder bypassed the Johor CIQ.

The databases of the Malaysian and Singaporean immigration authorities are also not linked.

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