Home briefs: Cigarette smuggling attempt foiled

Cigarette smuggling attempt foiled

A 42-year-old Malaysian man's attempt to smuggle into Singapore 4,050 boxes of contraband cigarettes and 150 bundles of tobacco in a container truck was stopped at the Tuas Checkpoint on Saturday.

The total duty and goods and services tax due on the items amounted to $419,000, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said yesterday.

The items had been declared as a consignment of "electrolytic capacitors". The driver was arrested, and the vehicle and the contraband items were seized. The vehicle is liable to be confiscated.

Animals imported for Korban almost sold out

Almost all the 3,700 livestock to be imported for the annual Islamic sacrificial ritual of Korban, which takes place on Hari Raya Haji in two weeks, have been sold. In a statement, the Singapore Mosques Korban Committee said only 315 lambs from Ireland are still available for worshippers to purchase.

Those interested in performing the Korban should make immediate payment for the lambs, which cost $570 each, at seven mosques - the Assyafaah, Ahmad Ibrahim, Hang Jebat, An-Nahdhah, Omar Salamah, Malabar and Jamiyah Ar-Rabitah mosques.

Jail for poly student who punched cabby

A polytechnic student who punched a taxi driver and damaged a Nets payment terminal was jailed for two months on Monday. Nagaraj Chinna Maruthu Servai, 22, was also ordered to pay compensation of $2,310 to the driver and for damaging the Nets machine and taxi door.

He had pleaded guilty to one count of mischief and another of grabbing Mr Yak Yam Seng and punching the 45-year-old cabby in the face.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 08, 2015, with the headline 'Home briefs: Cigarette smuggling attempt foiled'. Print Edition | Subscribe