Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA) reports that two men were arrested on 25 November 2015 for attempting to leave Singapore illegally.
At about 4.40am on 25 November, officers at the Woodlands Checkpoint spotted two black trash bags floating near the shoreline along the Causeway. The officers then conducted checks after finding it suspicious and detected two persons swimming near the shoreline towards Malaysia. The two were immediately placed under arrest by the officers.
Further checks by the authorities revealed that the two male Malaysians, aged 37 and 39, were attempting to depart Singapore by swimming to Malaysia while holding the trash bags over their heads to conceal themselves. Preliminary investigations by ICA showed that the two immigration offenders have overstayed in Singapore.
Further investigations by the authorities are ongoing.
Under the Immigration Act (Cap 133), the penalties for overstaying or illegal entry are a jail term of up to six months plus a minimum of three strokes of the cane, while the penalties for illegal departure is a fine of up to $2,000, a jail term of up to six months, or both.