Fri 30 Nov 2007
Filed under: News,Regional
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) nabbed two Myanmar nationals for attempting to smuggle out of Singapore in a truck, on Thursday evening.
ICA officers at Tuas Checkpoint were conducting a routine departure check on a Malaysian-registered truck when they found them hiding behing the seats in the driver’s cabin.
The two had tried to conceal themselves by hiding under a red carpet.
The illegal immigrants – aged 30 and 24 – were not carrying any travel documents.
Investigations revealed that the driver – a 49-year-old Malaysian male – was paid $450 per person to smuggle the Myanmar nationals out of Singapore.
The fee would be paid by an unknown agent who would collect $600 each from the illegal immigrants.
ICA is investigating all three men for immigration-related offences.
The truck has also been impounded.
If found guilty, the illegal immigrants face jail term of up to six months, plus a minimum of three strokes of the cane.
The truck driver faces a jail term of two to five years, plus a minimum of three strokes of the cane.