Singapore - A Malaysian motorist who tried to dodge
Singapore's border control has been jailed for eight weeks after a judge
rejected his pleas that he was lost and overheating in his car, officials said on
Koh Chin Had, a 42-year-old poultry seller, tailgated
another car passing through a raised barrier on 13 April, triggering a security
lockdown on the Singapore side of the border.
After his arrest he said he had got lost while travelling to
the Malaysian border town of Johor Baru and had ended up at the checkpoint.
He had attempted to sneak across the border behind another
driver because he did not have his passport and was growing impatient because
his car was too hot, he told a Singapore court.
Koh insisted he had meant to make an immediate u-turn back
But Judge Lee Poh Choo rejected his excuses and sentenced
the driver to eight weeks in jail.
"For whatever reason, there has been an increasing
number of instances of non-Singaporeans trying to evade immigration clearance
and entering Singapore," the Straits Times newspaper quoted the judge as
In January, a Malaysian woman illegally drove into Singapore
and eluded police for three days before she was arrested while attempting to
trespass at Singapore's foreign ministry.
She was freed after a court ruled that she was of unsound
Last month a 64-year-old Malaysian man sped through border
control in a Mercedes Benz sedan despite the front tyres of the car being
punctured by a spike barrier, and was only arrested five hours later through an
island-wide police dragnet.
Investigations are ongoing over a fourth breach that
occurred on Monday.
The incidents have earned Singapore's Immigration and
Checkpoints Authority and police stern rebukes from interior minister Teo Chee
Hean, who has ordered a review of border control procedures.