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Nude squat: Two Immigration officials in Johor suspended

Two S'porean women were made to do naked squats after they were accused of "illegal entry". -The Star/ANN
Desiree Tresa Gasper

Fri, Jun 17, 2011
The Star/Asia News Network

JOHOR BARU: Two Immigration officials in Johor have been temporarily suspended pending an inquiry into the nude squat incident involving two Singaporean women here recently.

Immigration director-general Datuk Alias Ahmad said the suspension was a decision made by the inquiry committee.

"Investigations into the incident started on Thursday and will continue for the next one week," he told The Star Friday.

He added that the officers have been temporarily suspended until they determine whether the incident was true or not.

"Other than that, we will also be looking on how we can improve on the current standard operating procedures if needed," he said.

When asked if the inquiry committee had received an official report on the incident from the two women in Singapore, Alias said that they have not.

"Currently, we are only conducting investigations with the officials in Johor and have not received any reports or letters from the women," he said.

It was previously reported that the two women from Singapore had initially bypassed an unmanned booth at the Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex on June 9.

The women, upon realising they had made a mistake by not getting their passports checked, then made a U-turn on the Causeway to admit their mistake to officials.

Immigration officers, however, detained the women for several hours at the checkpoint and later took them to the Pekan Nenas detention centre where they were told to perform nude squats after a full body check.

The women were released a day later after the Deputy public prosecutor in charge of the case decided that they should be deported back to their country.


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