Police Coast Guard Intercepted Unauthorised Boat Conveying Illegal Immigrant

On 25 March 2019, the Police Coast Guard (PCG) arrested a 20-year-old Bangladeshi man and a 46-year-old Malaysian man for unlawful entry into Singapore.

On 25 March 2019 at about 7.40pm, in a joint operation with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), PCG detected an unnumbered fiberglass boat at the sea off Punggol Barat, Singapore. The boat then entered Singapore territorial waters and sped towards the shore of Punggol Barat. A person was seen jumping off the boat and swimming towards the shore. The boat then proceeded to leave the location.

The boatman refused to stop his boat despite repeated verbal and visual warnings through firing of flares by the PCG. PCG then swiftly intercepted the boat and arrested the 46-year-old boatman. The 20-year-old man was subsequently arrested at the fencing along the coastline of Punggol Barat. The motorized fiberglass boat and cash amounting to RM$3,734 were seized.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the Malaysian boatman had picked up the Bangladeshi man from the shoreline of Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Both men were arrested for entering Singapore unlawfully under the Immigration Act, Chapter 133. The boatman is also being investigated for engaging in the business or trade of conveying illegal immigrant to Singapore under Section 57(1)(c) of the Immigration Act, Chapter 133.

They will be charged in court on 27 March 2019 with illegal entry into Singapore under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act, Chapter 133. Any person found guilty shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months and caning with not less than three strokes. Anyone who engages in the business or trade of conveying illegal immigrant to Singapore shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not less than 2 years and not more than 5 years and caning with not less than three strokes.

Commander of the Police Coast Guard, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Cheang Keng Keong said PCG does not tolerate any illegal activities in the Singapore waters. PCG will continue to work closely with other agencies to safeguard our waters and sea borders against crime and security threats, including unauthorised entry into and departure from Singapore.

Source: Singapore Police Force