Man caught trying to leave S'pore in lorry under a pile of cardboard boxes

SINGAPORE - A man was caught trying to leave Singapore through Woodlands checkpoint illegally by hiding under a pile of cardboard boxes in a lorry last Friday.

ICA officers directed a departing Malaysia-registered lorry for routine checks at about 12pm. At first, the back of the lorry seemed empty with only a pile of waste material.

But on closer inspection, a man was found beneath the cardboard boxes.

The 39-year-old Malaysian driver, his 33-year-old male Malaysian co-driver, and the 40-year-old man were arrested.

The trio are currently under investigation for immigration offences. The vehicle used in the commission of the offences has been detained and is liable for forfeiture.

Under the Immigration Act (Cap 133), the penalties for overstaying or illegal entry are a jail term of up to six months plus a minimum of three strokes of the cane, while the penalties for illegal departure is a fine of up to $2,000, a jail term of up to six months, or both.