4 Malaysians arrested for attempting to smuggle Myanmar woman out of Singapore in car boot

Four Malaysians were arrested after they were caught trying to smuggle a woman out of Singapore illegally on Feb 28, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a statement.

ICA officers had stopped a departing Malaysia-registered car for checks at the Woodlands Checkpoint at around 7.45pm.

The car was driven by a 42-year-old Malaysian woman and carried another female Malaysian passenger.

While performing checks, the officers found a third woman hiding in the car boot.


She did not have any travel or identification documents in her possession and was later established to be a Myanmar national.

The ICA said in the midst of investigating the detection, officers noticed another Malaysia-registered car at the post-immigration area with its engine still running.

"Suspecting that the idling car was involved with the one hiding the fugitive and might attempt to escape, the vigilant officers swiftly activated a lockdown of the checkpoint at 8.03pm," the authority wrote in its Facebook post.

The lockdown was lifted 8.10pm once the male driver and female passenger in the other car were apprehended.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the drivers and passengers of both cars, who were all Malaysians, were in cahoots.

They were immediately placed under arrest together with the woman found hiding in the car boot.