Cashier jailed for trying to skip immigration check

Cashier jailed for trying to skip immigration check
The Singapore Immigrations and Customs checkpoint at Tuas Second Link, as seen from Johor, Malaysia.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

PEKAN NENAS - Malaysians working in Singapore continue to find ways to avoid queuing up at the Immigration counters at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine complex.

Recently, a 23-year-old worker was arrested for trying to leave the country using an entrance meant only for CIQ staff.

In the past, people have entered the island republic by scaling over the wall and then walking along the railway lines, and also tried to hide inside buses during peak hours.

This action has landed R. Manalan, who works in Singapore as a cashier, in jail. He will be spending two months in the Kluang prison after he failed to pay the RM1,800 (S$588) fine imposed by the Sessions Court here.

Sessions judge Salawati Djambri sentenced Manalan to jail after he pleaded guilty to the offence under Section 2 (2) of the Passport Act 1966. He was accused of not showing his passport to an Immigration officer when exiting the country.

Manalan was arrested at 8pm on Sept 25, at Gate 10, of the CIQ, which is the access only for personnel stationed at the checkpoint.

So far this year, dozens of locals have been fined for trying to sneak out of the country by trying to bypass the CIQ to work in Singapore.

In another unrelated case, Singapore's Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the Second Link in Tuas detained two bus drivers for trying to smuggle in S$355,690 (RM1.06mil) worth of contraband cigarettes and chewing tobacco into the country in two separate cases.

In the first case, a bus driven by a 30-year-old Malaysian was pulled over for inspection and ICA officials found some 2,750 cartons of cigarettes hidden inside a modified air-condition duct at 5am on Saturday.

In a statement, ICA said that the next day, another bus, driven by a 38-year-old local, was caught with 581 cartons and packets of contraband cigarettes and 25,178 sachets of chewing tobacco inside the air-conditioning ducts and speakers at 4pm.

All the suspects and vehicles and seized items have since been handed over to the Singapore Customs Department for further investigations.

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