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Some 7,000 Singapore passports reported stolen or lost every year in last 5 years

Published on Apr 14, 2014 2:51 PM
 
About 7,000 Singapore passports have been reported lost or stolen each year over the last five years, said Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli in Parliament on Monday, April 14, 2014. -- ST FILE PHOTO: MALCOLM MCLEOD

About 7,000 Singapore passports have been reported lost or stolen each year over the last five years, said Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli in Parliament on Monday.

And an average of about 350 travellers yearly across all the checkpoints in Singapore have been found to be holding forged or tampered travel documents, or have presented documents that did not belong to them.

He was responding to questions from five MPs who had tabled questions on passport infringements, in light of reports that two passengers on board missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had used stolen passports.

When a report on a passport being lost or stolen is received, said Mr Masagos, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) will immediately cancel the passport, update its database and convey the relevant information to Interpol.

 
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