SINGAPORE: A total of 45 immigration offenders as well as a man suspected of harbouring immigration offenders were arrested during a three-day blitz between Mar 10 and 12, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on Friday (Mar 12).
Of the 45 arrested, all 28 men and 17 women had overstayed in Singapore, and all were aged between 20 and 50 years old, said the ICA. Most were from Bangladesh, China and Nepal.
In addition, a 31-year-old Bangladeshi national was arrested. He had allegedly sublet his room to other immigration offenders, the authorities said.
Investigations on those arrested are ongoing. Those who overstayed or entered Singapore illegally face six months’ jail and at least three strokes of the cane. The penalty for illegal departure is a fine up to S$2,000, up to six months’ jail, or both.
“3-day ops and they only managed to get 46 immigration offenders?” asked Madi Madu, 34 a gondola operator.
“Where did they conduct the operations? Pulau Ubin?”