The police are tracking down individuals who entered the Johor Bahru illegally from Singapore on Thursday (16 June) through a makeshift route below the Johor Causeway on the banks of the Tebrau Straits.
According to Malay Mail, Johor Baru South police chief Assistant Commissioner Raub Selamat said the investigations identified 5 men and 3 women, as well as footage from closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera placed near the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) facility at the Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI).
The footage showed several people making their way out of the Johor Causeway from Singapore to Johor Baru by walking and climbing into an illegal opening without going through passport control of the BSI’s CIQ facility.
The video footage had also gone viral on social media.
It is believed that the suspects are doing this to avoid the daily long queues at the CIQ facility due to rush hour and the reopening of the borders.
Raub said the case is being investigated under Section 6 (3) of the Immigration Act 1969/63.
“The individuals involved in the illegal entry have been asked to present themselves at the Johor Baru South district police headquarters 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 measures to prevent further breaches from taking place.
Among the measures that were taken include placing a 24-hour guard at the scene and installed barbed wire along the opening of the Tebrau Straits at the end of the Causeway.
He also said that the police are currently tracing the individuals involved in the incident and that he had also been in contact with the Home Ministry to resolve the issues at the BSI’s CIQ.