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DPM Teo says checkpoint barriers to be checked daily, explains failure

Published on Apr 14, 2014 3:12 PM
 
A security barrier similar to that being used at the Woodlands Checkpoint. The barrier will be raised to stop vehicles attempting to escape from the checkpoint. Leaking hydraulic fluid had caused a barrier at the Woodlands Checkpoint to fail, allowing a man to crash through it in March. -- FILE PHOTO: ICA

LEAKING hydraulic fluid had caused a barrier at the Woodlands Checkpoint to fail, allowing a man to crash through it in March.

To ensure that the barriers function properly, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority will replace all hydraulic components in its security barriers, and will also now conduct daily checks on them, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Monday in Parliament.

He was responding to questions by MPs Hri Kumar (Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC) and Zaqy Mohamed (Chua Chu Kang GRC), who asked about what was being done to prevent checkpoint breaches at Woodlands after two incidents in the past few months.

In March, a 64-year-old Singapore permanent resident drove his car over a security barrier at the checkpoint. Two months earlier, a Malaysian teacher tailgated another car, avoiding the detection of officers to cross the border.

 
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