Singapore – A Singaporean manager was fined for not showing his passport when exiting Malaysia and was among four others who were charged for committing different immigration offences.
On June 25, at the Sultan Abu Bakar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex at the Second Link, 27-year-old manager Muhammad Alfalah Mohd Yusof was charged by Judge Zahilah Mohammad Yusoff for failing to show his passport as he exited Malaysia.
According to The Star, Alfalah was exhausted and merely forgot to stop for the process.
“Sorry, I did not get enough rest and was too tired and forgot to stop and show my passport,” he said as he pleaded guilty to the conviction.
Based on Malaysia’s laws, under Section 2 (2) of the Passports Act 1966, the violation could have led to a fine up to RM10,000 (S$3,300), five years in jail, or both.
Alfalah was fined RM2,500 (S$820) for his offence.
Two other Singaporeans, Fajar Razali, 38, and his wife, Nur Atiqka Ridzuan, 25, were sent to jail for a month for overstaying.
Their offence was discovered on June 21 at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar CIQ at the Causeway, and both were unable to pay the fine.
It is unclear how long they illegally extended their stay in Malaysia.
Furthermore, another Singaporean, Stanley Neo Cheow, 37, was fined the maximum amount of RM10,000 (S$3,300) for overstaying in Malaysia for an estimated 55 days.
The businessman was arrested at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar CIQ on June 27.
It was reported by The Star that none of the Singaporeans were represented in court.
In another incident that occurred on June 26, it was an immigration officer who failed to stamp a Singaporean’s passport as she entered Johor Bahru. Her Malaysian friend was embarrassed because another immigration officer asked for a bribe to let the case go.