A Singapore-registered car with cigarettes hidden in its engine caught fire while undergoing immigration checks at the Johor Bahru Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex (CIQ) on Tuesday night (July 12).
The 24-year-old Singaporean driver was unhurt in the incident.
The fire started from the engine and was put out in three minutes, the New Straits Times (NST) reported. The entire car, a Honda Stream, and its engine were damaged.
Johor Bahru Selatan district police chief assistant commissioner Sulaiman Salleh told NST: “Initial investigations revealed no criminal elements.” However, he added that it is believed the driver was attempting to smuggle the 15 cartons of cigarettes into Singapore. “The car did not manage to go through Customs checks yet,” Mr Sulaiman said.
The case has been handed over to Malaysian police.
When contacted by TODAY, the Selatan district police reiterated that the case is still undergoing investigations.