Man arrested for trying to flee Singapore on stolen motorised sampan

SINGAPORE - A 32-year-old man has been arrested for suspected theft of a motorised sampan and attempting to leave Singapore unlawfully on Tuesday (May 17).

According to a press statement by the Singapore Police Force (SPF), the Police Coast Guard (PGC) detected a sampan rowing towards Malaysia at the sea off Lim Chu Kang at about 10.30pm on Tuesday.

PCG immediately deployed both land and sea resources to intercept the sampan and managed to stop the man's vehicle at about 11pm. The man was arrested thereafter.

If convicted, the suspect may be punished with an imprisonment term of three years, or a fine, or both.

Any person guilty of an offence under the Immigration Act, for which no special penalty is provided, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or a jail term not exceeding six months or to both, according to SPF.

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