Malaysian gets jail for neglecting instructions for border crossing

Fadley Faisal

A 45-year-old Malaysian man Sim Eng Huat was sentenced to eight months’ jail with three whippings after he pleaded guilty to not adhering to authorities’ instructions upon entering Brunei Darussalam in the Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The defendant is charged for offences under Section 3(1) of the Passports Act, Chapter 146, Section 6(1)(c) of the Immigration Act, Section 143(b) of the Customs Order, 2006, Section 62A(2) of the Infectious Diseases Act, Chapter 204 and Section 26(1)(a) of the Road Traffic Act, Chapter 68.

Investigations conducted by authorities revealed that on May 24, 2020, the defendant was driving a Malaysian registered car entering Brunei Darussalam via the Sungai Tujoh Control Post. The defendant had been asked to stop for required immigration and customs checks but the defendant failed to stop as required and proceeded to drive on. The defendant had also been asked to stop for a medical examination but refused to stop at the health-screening checkpoint.

The statement of facts tendered by DPP Siti Khalilah binti Hussin showed the incident was then reported to the Royal Brunei Police Force and the defendant was arrested. Laboratory analysis of the defendant’s urine revealed that he was under the influence of methylamphetamine at the time.

Magistrate Dewi Norlelawati binti Haji Abdul Hamid presided over the case.