3 S’poreans held for hurling abuse at Immigration officer

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gari-3PETALING JAYA: A Singaporean businesswoman and her two teenaged kids were detained after they verbally abused an Immigration officer at the Bangunan Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quaran­tine Complex here.

According to a report in The Star Online, the incident took place at 3.30pm, Friday after the woman, in her 40s and her two children, aged 18 and 19, refused to lower the back window of their vehicle despite being instructed to by the officer on duty. The family was heading towards Singapore.

Besides hurling abuse and accusations at the officer who wanted to inspect their vehicle, one among them also flashed the middle finger at the officer.

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The English daily reported that Johor Immigration Department director Rohaizi Bahari confirmed the arrests and said the trio would be remanded for 14 days to assist in investigations.

“It is an offence to hurl abuse at my men who are just following the procedures during checks,” he was quoted as saying.

He added, “So far our investigation also showed that the officer did not ask for any bribe as alleged by the suspects.”

He said the department adopted a transparent policy and those unhappy in any way with their service were free to lodge a formal complaint with him directly.

He said his department also allowed representatives from the Singapore consulate to meet with the trio, who were now being investigated under Section 56(1) (g) of the Immigration Act which carries a maximum RM10,000 fine or imprisonment not exceeding five years or both.

Pictures of the family in handcuffs as well as their personal details have gone viral via Facebook.

It is also learnt the two teenagers are studying in a private college in Johor Baru.