Malaysian motorcyclist arrested for avoiding immigration clearance at Woodlands Checkpoint

Malaysian motorcyclist arrested for avoiding immigration clearance at Woodlands Checkpoint
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SINGAPORE - A male Malaysian motorcyclist has been arrested and charged for failing to produce his passport and not stopping for proper immigration clearance at Woodlands Checkpoint.

His foiled attempt to sneak past customs occurred on April 7 at 3.40am, said the Immigrations & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in a statement on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old motorcyclist had tailgated another motorcycle in front of him and failed to stop for immigration clearance. He also did not have any travel document.

An ICA officer activated the alarm immediately and locked down the checkpoint while other ICA officers arrested the motorcyclist on the spot.

Regular checkpoint operations resumed at 3.50am on the same day.

The motorcyclist was charged in court today for failure to present a passport for clearance and failure to stop his vehicle upon point of entry.

Anyone who attempts to evade immigration clearance will be dealt with firmly according to the law.

If convicted under Section 5A(1)(b), the offender may face a maximum fine of $1,000 or an imprisonment term not exceeding six months or both.

If convicted under Section 18B(1), the offender may be fined up to $2,000 or face a jail term of up to six months or both.

ssandrea@sph.com.sg

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