SG Man Tries To Sneak Into Johor By Hiding In Malaysians' Myvi Car Boot

The man was hoping to find employment in Malaysia.

Cover image via Bernama/Free Malaysia Today & China Press

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A Singaporean man tried to smuggle himself into Malaysia by hiding in the boot of a car occupied by two Malaysian women

According to the New Straits Times, he was caught hiding in the Perodua Myvi by enforcement officers at the Johor Bahru Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex in Bangunan Sultan Iskandar on 13 December last year.

The Johor Customs Department shared photos of the Singaporean man at the time of arrest.

Image via China Press

The man, in his 50s, reportedly paid the two Malaysian women SGD3,000 (approximately RM10,550) to smuggle him into the country

The man told enforcement officers that he was hoping to find employment in Malaysia, but did not have a valid passport as he was evading national service in Singapore.

His attempt to cross into the country was foiled by Customs Department officers while they were conducting routine vehicle inspections at the immigration complex.

The Johor Bahru Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex in Bangunan Sultan Iskandar.

Image via Bernama/Free Malaysia Today

Johor Customs Department director Aminul Izmeer Mohd Sohaimi said the Singaporean was charged under the Immigration Act 1959/63 for not having valid travel documents

According to Malay Mail, the man has been deported back to Singapore in February after serving a three-month jail term and paying a fine.

Meanwhile, the two women are still in detention after being found guilty under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.

Aminul Izmeer said that although the offence was an immigration violation, action was taken against the two women in accordance with the anti-trafficking act.

The offence under Section 26J of the act carries a jail term of up to five years or a maximum fine of RM250,000, or both, upon conviction.

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