SINGAPORE - Two Malaysian men were arrested near the Causeway this morning (Nov 25) for attempting to depart Singapore illegally.
They were spotted at about 4.40am by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers, who saw two suspicious-looking trash bags floating near the shoreline.
The suspects, aged 37 and 39, were planning to hold the trash bags over their heads to conceal themselves as they swam to Malaysia, the ICA said in a statement today. They were arrested immediately.
Preliminary investigations showed that both men had overstayed in Singapore.
Further investigations are ongoing.
The penalties for overstaying or illegal entry are a jail term of up to six months and a minimum of three strokes of the cane. For illegal departure, the penalties are a fine of up to $2,000, a jail term of up to six months or both.