A Malaysian motorist – the third person to breach security at Woodlands checkpoint in four months – was jailed for eight weeks on Tuesday.
Poultry seller Koh Chin Had, 42, failed to stop his Johor-registered vehicle while driving into Singapore at the checkpoint’s car arrival counter two Sundays ago, according to The Straits Times.”
A district court heard that Koh was driving to a temple in Johor Baru on April 13 when he lost his way and found himself at the Johor Baru (Malaysia) Immigration checkpoint.
He told an immigration officer that he wanted to U-turn back towards Malaysia and that he did not have his passport with him. The officer told him to report to the Malaysian police near the Malaysian immigration checkpoint.
But instead, he drove towards Woodlands checkpoint and joined the queue at the arrival car section.
He tailgated the vehicle in front of him. When it drove past the drop arm barrier, Koh quickly drove his vehicle forward as well.
An Immigration and Checkpoints Authority officer saw this and immediately pressed the panic button, causing the arrival car zone to be locked down.
Koh was arrested.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Teo Lu Jia said Koh had entered Singapore via Woodlands checkpoint on at least three occasions.
District Judge Lee Poh Choo agreed with the prosecutor that border security was important and a deterrent sentence was called for.
Koh could have been fined up to $2,000 and jailed for up to six months for failing to stop his vehicle without reasonable cause.
She also noted a recent trend involving non-Singaporeans trying to evade immigration clearance and entering Singapore.
Last month, Malaysian Tan Chu Seng drove his Mercedes-Benz into the cat-claw security barrier, damaging it.