'Lost' driver jailed for Singapore border dash

2014-04-23 11:30
(File)

(File) (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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 Wednesday.

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 to Malaysia.

Multiple incidents

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 saying.

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 mind.

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.

 

Read more on:    malaysia
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a mixed energy of harmony and tension that can surface today. The Jupiter Venus conjunction brings an element of luck and...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.