The Police have arrested two Indonesian men, aged 36 and 33, for unlawful entry into Singapore on 20 November 2023.
On 19 November 2023 at 11.58pm, the Police Coast Guard’s (PCG) surveillance system detected an unknown fast-moving craft heading towards the shoreline of Tanah Merah Coast Road. The craft veered away from the floating sea barriers deployed at the entrance of Tanah Merah Canal before landing at the coastline nearby.
Following the detection, officers from PCG, Bedok Police Division, the Gurkha Contingent and the Special Operations Command immediately responded and successfully arrested two men who disembarked from the craft within seven hours from the time of detection. The two men were allegedly found without any valid travel documents. A fibre glass sampan measuring 5 metres in length, which was fitted with one outboard motor, was also seized as case exhibit. Police investigations are ongoing.
The two men will be charged in court on 21 November 2023 for the offence of unlawful entry into Singapore under Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act 1959. The offence carries an imprisonment term of up to six months and not less than three strokes of the cane.
Commander of the Police Coast Guard, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police Cheang Keng Keong said, “The officers’ vigilance and excellent teamwork which resulted in the swift arrest are highly commendable. PCG will continue to take firm action against such offenders to safeguard our waters and sea borders against crime and security threats which includes unauthorised entry into and departure from Singapore.”
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
20 November 2023 @ 7:35 PM