Man arrested under Causeway water pipeline for illegally leaving Singapore

The location where the Bangladesh national was arrested on Oct 25, 2016.
The location where the Bangladesh national was arrested on Oct 25, 2016.PHOTO: IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

SINGAPORE - A Bangladeshi man who was attempting to leave Singapore illegally was arrested near the Causeway on Tuesday (Oct 25) night.

Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at Woodlands Checkpoint were informed that a man was sighted swimming towards the water pipeline by the Causeway at about 11.20pm.

ICA and Police Coast Guard officers found the 30-year-old man under the water pipes and arrested him.

He had overstayed in Singapore, ICA and police said in a statement on Thursday.


Bangladesh national found to have overstayed in Singapore. PHOTO: ICA

Two other Bangladeshi men, who were acting as look-outs for him, were also arrested. They are aged 34 and 37 years old.

Coast guard officers also found a pair of blue jeans hanging at the railing along Woodlands Waterfront.

"The ICA and PCG take a serious view of attempts to overstay, enter or depart Singapore illegally," the statement said.

If convicted of overstaying or illegal entry, the penalties are a jail term of up to six months and at least three strokes of the cane.

For abetting a person to leave Singapore, the penalties are a jail term of six months to two years, and a fine of up to $6,000.