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M'sian woman mum after sneaking into S'pore
Publication Date : 23-01-2014
The Malaysian woman who drove through the Malaysian and Singapore checkpoints and later crashed through a security barrier at the island republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs here has yet to utter a word about the incident.
Officials from the Malaysian High Commission in Singapore are trying to arrange for the parents of the 28-year-old woman to come from Kedah state in north peninsula Malaysia to speak to their daughter to find out what her problem was.
Deputy Malaysian High Commissioner Kamsiah Kamaruddin said the officials had tried their best to speak to the woman, but to no avail. “We also tried to get her to speak to her parents via phone, but she did not respond to that either.
“She just clams up and refuses to speak to anyone. So, we thought that she will speak up if she meets her parents,” she said when contacted.
Kamsiah said the Singapore authorities were trying to find out how she managed to bypass both checkpoints on January 17 and why she did it. “She is now being monitored at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital,” she said.
The woman, who is a divorcee and a teacher in Cheras, caused alarm in Singapore after she drove through the checkpoints in Johor Baru and Woodlands at around 1:50pm.
She managed to evade the authorities for three days and was arrested when she rammed her car into the security barrier at the ministry on Monday.
Kamsiah said the immigration authorities from the two countries were working to determine how the woman managed to get away with what she did without a passport or identification documents. “The authorities did not find any documents when they arrested her, and we only managed to get her details after conducting an image search via the national registration department,” she said.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that security at both the checkpoints had been tightened following the incident, resulting in an increase in traffic congestion at the border.
Johor Immigration Department director Rohaizi Bahari said he and his officers were carrying out a probe on the matter and declined to comment further.