Bangladeshi trying to swim into Malaysia from Singapore held

Checkpoint officers at Woodlands Checkpoint in Singapore arrested a Bangladeshi man last week for attempting to illegally depart Singapore by swimming towards Malaysia, a Facebook post on Immigration and Checkpoints Authority official page said on Friday.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the 35-year-old Bangladeshi man was under police investigation for voluntarily causing injury by using weapons or other means.

Checkpoint officers at Woodlands Checkpoint arrest a Bangladeshi man on Tuesday for attempting to illegally depart Singapore by swimming towards Malaysia. — Immigration and Checkpoints Authority

‘Our borders are the first line of defence in safeguarding Singapore’s security. The ICA takes a serious view of attempts to enter or depart Singapore illegally,’ the post stated.

Under the Immigration Act (Cap 133), the penalties for illegal entry are a jail term of up to six months and a minimum of three strokes of the cane, while penalties for illegal departure are a fine of up to $2,000, a jail term of up to six months, or both, the post added.

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