One Singaporean among 14 men arrested for exiting Johor illegally via trail next to rail tracks

People using the 300m-long route, which passes the railway lines, to walk to the Woodlands Checkpoint.
People using the 300m-long route, which passes the railway lines, to walk to the Woodlands Checkpoint. PHOTO: THE STAR

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Johor Immigration Department has arrested another 14 men for using a rat trail to bypass the Johor Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex to enter Singapore.

In an operation headed by state deputy assistant director Zulkifli Abd Rahman that ended at 8am on Monday, the men including a Singaporean were caught exiting the country illegally by using the trail next to the railway tracks.

All 14 of them were arrested at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar checkpoint for further actions.

This followed after 36 Malaysians and a Singaporean man were detained on Saturday for using the same route to exit the country.

Since the Malaysian passport is electronic and does not need to be stamped, Singapore Immigration officers will not be alerted if the holder bypassed the Johor CIQ.

The databases of the Malaysian and Singaporean immigration authorities are also not linked.