2 Myanmar nationals arrested for trying to leave Singapore illegally

Two Myanmar nationals were arrested on Tuesday (Feb 9) for attempting to leave Singapore illegally.
Two Myanmar nationals were arrested on Tuesday (Feb 9) for attempting to leave Singapore illegally.PHOTO: IMMIGRATION AND CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY/ SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

SINGAPORE- Two Myanmar nationals believed to have overstayed in Singapore were arrested early on Tuesday (Feb 9) morning for attempting to leave the country illegally.

In a joint statement, the police and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said that at about 4am, officers at the Woodlands Checkpoint were informed by the Police Coast Guard that two men were seen walking along the water pipeline towards Malaysia.

About 10 minutes later, the two men, aged 26 and 42, were found and arrested.

They were found with inflated bicycle tubes suspected to be used as floatation devices. Investigations are ongoing.

Under the Immigration Act, the penalty for overstaying or illegal entry is a jail term of up to six months and at least three strokes of the cane, while the penalty 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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