Car on fire at JB Customs
A Singapore-registered Honda Stream car caught fire at the exit lane of the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex at the Sultan Iskandar Building in Johor on Tuesday night.
The driver, a 24-year-old Singaporean man, was unhurt.
Johor Baru Selatan district police chief Assistant Commissioner Sulaiman Salleh said this was the first time a car had caught fire at the CIQ while undergoing immigration checks, reported New Straits Times yesterday.
"The fire, which started from the engine, was put out in three minutes. The entire car and its engine were damaged. Initial investigations revealed no criminal elements," he said.
However, AC Sulaiman said officers found 15 cartons of cigarettes in the engine compartment. They believe it could have been an attempt to smuggle contraband cigarettes into the Republic.
"The car did not manage to go through Customs checks yet," he said.
The driver was not arrested. It is understood that an offence was not yet committed as the items had not crossed the border.