A Singaporean couple got a bit of a scare at Woodlands Checkpoint on April 20.
30-year-old civil servant Chen and her husband were on their way back from a shopping trip in Johor Baru when they were stopped by an officer for a random screening.
The couple, who entered Malaysia at around 10am, returned to Singapore via Woodlands Checkpoint at 8pm on the same day.
They cleared security checks, Chen told Lianhe Wanbao, and were about to leave the checkpoint when they were stopped and brought aside.
The officer then asked for their passports and instructed them to wait in a small room. According to Chen, there were about six other people in the room.
"Another security officer then requested to check our purchases."
"We were told that as we spent less than 48 hours outside Singapore, we would have to do tax declarations if the value of our purchases exceeded $100," said Chen.
Her husband was carrying a shopping bag containing two pairs of newly purchased sneakers.