A 37-year-old driver was caught driving a bus with a passenger found hiding in the luggage compartment on Sunday night (Oct 14).
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers stopped a departing Malaysia-registered bus driven by a male Malaysian for checks at the Tuas checkpoint
Sensing something amiss, the officers conducted thorough checks of the bus and found a man hiding in the luggage compartment.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the “illegal passenger” is a 25-year-old male Indian national who is due to appear in Court for another case.
The driver was promised SGD $700 by an unknown agent if he successfully conveyed the male Indian national out of Singapore illegally. The driver and the man will be charged in court on 16 October for offences under the Immigration Act, said the ICA in a statement
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.
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