Singaporean woman, teens detained at JB checkpoint

She was told to wind down the rear tinted windows of her car but she allegedly refused to comply.

When she was told to step out of her car with her two teenage children, the Singaporean woman is said to have made a vulgar hand gesture at the Malaysian immigration officer.

She also allegedly shouted vulgarities while pressing the car horn repeatedly.

For doing so, the 42-year-old woman and her children have been detained at the Johor Baru checkpoint.

The incident happened at the Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex at 3.30pm last Friday.

The three had claimed that the immigration officer allegedly asked them for a bribe, which they refused.

The incident came to light when Facebook user Pokok Tumbang posted in Malay on the page entitled JB Traffic, Road Blocks and Potholes Report.


Also posted there were pictures of the police report, the trio being arrested and handcuffed and the three in the holding room at the checkpoint.

The post, which was picked up by social media and shared by netizens,was removed by the administrator of JB Traffic, Road Blocks and Potholes Report yesterday.

The incident was reported in citizen journalism website Stomp and Shin Min Daily News.

It is not known if the woman and her children were entering Malaysia or returning to Singapore, or if they are still being detained by the Malaysian authorities.

Attempts to call the Malaysian authorities and the woman at her home here were not successful.

When contacted, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman told The New Paper: "Officials from the Singapore Consulate-General in Johor Baru have visited the detained Singaporeans.

"The Consulate is also in touch with the Malaysian authorities, and will continue to provide consular assistance to the three Singaporeans".

This article was first published on Aug 15, 2016.
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