The arrests of two Singaporean women at the Sultan Iskandar Immigration check-point in Johor Baharu on June 9 was done according to the law, said Immigration director-general, Alias Ahmad.
He said the women were detained under Section 6(3) of the Immigration Act for attempting to exit the country illegally.
“They were detained by immigration officers on duty at the check-out counter for not having any visit pass or valid entry stamp on their passports,” he said this in a statement today.
He was responding to a posting in MalaysiaKini.Com today which quoted a report by Singapore daily, Lianhe ZaoBao, as saying that the detention of the two women was unlawful.
Alias said that the claim by the two women that there was no supervising officers at the check-in counter to stamp their passports when they came into the country the same day, was not true.
Their passports showed that they had previously entered the country on July 31 2010 and April 6 2010, respectively, he added.
Alias said the investigation papers on the case were referred to the public prosecutor’ office which ordered their deportation the same day.