Driver nabbed in another checkpoint incident

SINGAPORE — A 33-year-old Malaysian man was arrested yesterday for trying to evade immigration clearance at Woodlands Checkpoint, slightly more than one week after a similar incident occurred.

In response to MediaCorp Radio’s queries, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said the man was unable to produce his travel document when he was at the Arrival car counter at about 10.45am yesterday.

When he was being directed for further checks, the driver attempted to flee. “The alarm was activated and the Arrival Car Zone was locked down immediately. The car was stopped within the checkpoint and the driver was placed under immediate arrest,” said the ICA, adding that investigations are ongoing.

In a similar incident on April 13, Koh Chin Had, 42, tried to slip past immigration officers at the same checkpoint by tailgating the car in front.

He was similarly trapped after an officer activated an alarm and triggered a lockdown at the Arrival Car Zone.

No travel documents were found on Koh and he has since been charged with failing to present a passport for immigration clearance and stop his vehicle upon entry.

The two incidents followed two high-profile breaches earlier at Woodlands Checkpoint.

Last month, a Malaysian delivery driver managed to drive off in his Singapore-registered car while undergoing security checks, sparking a five-hour search before he was arrested. Tan Chu Seng, 64, allegedly drove over a cat-claw security barrier that was activated to stop him.

Less than two months earlier, in January, a Malaysian teacher gave immigration officers the slip by tailgating another car at the checkpoint. Nurul Rohana Ishak, 27, was arrested three days later when she entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs compound.

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