Bangladeshi man arrested after swimming to Singapore from Johor

SINGAPORE - A 36-year-old Bangladeshi man has been arrested for attempting to enter Singapore illegally by swimming from Johor.

On Sunday (July 3) at about 3am, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officers at the Woodlands Checkpoint were informed by the Police Coast Guard that a person had been sighted walking along the shoreline towards Singapore.

Officers from the Land Domain were immediately deployed to search for the suspect, ICA said in a statement on Tuesday.

At about 3.35am, the man was located and immediately placed under arrest.

Preliminary investigations showed that he had attempted to swim to Singapore from Johor and landed at the shoreline, where he was apprehended.

Investigations are ongoing, ICA said.

Those caught overstaying or attempting illegal entry to Singapore could face up to six months' jail and a minimum of three strokes of the cane, while the penalties for illegal departure is a fine of up to $2,000, up to six months imprisonment, or both.