Woman hides behind curtains in lorry to avoid immigration officers

An immigration offender was found crouched behind a partition curtain in a vehicle by immigration officers.

On Tuesday at about 12.20pm, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officers directed a departing Malaysia-registered lorry for checks at the cargo zone of the Tuas Checkpoint. The lorry was driven by a 54-year old Malaysian man. While checking the vehicle, officers noticed that the driver's cabin was partitioned by a curtain. As soon as they drew this curtain, they saw a lady curled up within the cramped space.

The driver and the 29-year-old woman from Sri Lanka were arrested. They are currently being investigated for immigration offences.

Under the Immigration Act, penalties for overstaying or illegal entry are a jail term of up to six months and a minimum of three strokes of the cane. Those who attempt illegal departure can be fined up to $2,000 and jailed up to six months, or both.