Malaysian man arrested and charged for failing to stop for immigration clearance

SINGAPORE - A Malaysian man has been arrested and charged for failing to stop for immigration clearance at Woodlands Checkpoint, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a statement on Wednesday.

At 3.40am on Tuesday, the 33-year-old man, who was driving a Malaysian-registered motorcycle, tailgated the motorcycle in front of him and did not stop for immigration clearance.

ICA officers activated the alarm, and promptly locked down the checkpoint. The man was arrested and checkpoint operations resumed at 3.50am, said the ICA.

The man did not possess a travel document, and has been charged in court on Wednesday under the Immigration Act for failing to present a passport for clearance and failing to stop his vehicle upon point of entry.

For failing to present a passport, he could be fined up to $1,000, jailed up to six months, or both.

He could be fined up to $2,000, jailed up to six months or receive a combination of the punishments for failing to stop his motorcycle at the checkpoint.