Police are tracking individuals who illegally entered the Johor Bahru from Singapore on Thursday (June 16) via a makeshift route down the Johor Causeway on the banks of the Strait of Tebrau.
According to the Malay Mail, Johor Baru South Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Raub Selamat, said investigations identified 5 men and 3 women, as well as footage from closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras placed near the premises. of Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) in the Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI).
The footage showed several people leaving Singapore’s Johor Causeway to Johor Baru walking up an illegal opening without going through passport control at BSI’s CIQ facility.
The video also went viral on social media.
The suspects are believed to be doing this to avoid the daily long lines at CIQ facilities due to rush hour and the reopening of borders.
Raub said the case is being investigated under Section 6 (3) of the Immigration Act 1969/63.
“Individuals involved in the illegal entry were requested to appear at the police headquarters of the Johor Baru Sul district to have their statements recorded,” said Raub.
He also urged those with information related to the incident to contact the police.
Meanwhile, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi said the authorities will take immediate action to prevent further violations from taking place.
Among the measures adopted are the placement of a 24-hour guard at the site and the installation of barbed wire along the opening of the Strait of Tebrau at the end of the Calçada.
He also said that the police are tracking the individuals involved in the incident and that he has also been in contact with the Ministry of the Interior to resolve the issues at BSI’s CIQ.