2 Indonesian men arrested for trying to enter Singapore by boat

The two men were intercepted on a wooden craft on May 21, 2018. PHOTO: ICA

SINGAPORE - Two men who tried to sail on a wooden craft into Singapore on Monday night (May 21) were arrested for unlawful entry into Singapore, the police and Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

The Straits Times understands that the men, aged 25 and 31, were Indonesian.

At about 10.30pm on Monday, the Police Coast Guard (PCG) detected a wooden craft with two men on board at the sea south of Marina South Pier, heading towards Singapore.

In collaboration with ICA, both land and sea resources were deployed immediately to apprehend the two men.

At 11.51pm, the pair were intercepted and arrested for unlawful entry into Singapore.

Under the Immigration Act, the penalties for illegal entry are a jail term of up to six months and a minimum of three strokes of the cane.

PCG and ICA said they take a serious view of attempts to enter Singapore illegally.

Commander of the PCG, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Hsu Sin Yun, said: "Our borders are our first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore's security. PCG will continue to work closely with other agencies and stakeholders to stamp out any unlawful attempts to enter Singapore."

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