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    Jan 22, 2014

    Security flap over a serial tailgater

    THIS is the strange story of a woman who tailgated her way into trouble and caused a security flap.

    First, she used the ploy to sneak into Singapore last Friday through the Woodlands Checkpoint.

    On Monday, there was a police report that she tailgated a taxi for an hour around Singapore.

    After that, the same day, she followed another car into the compound of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tanglin. That's where she was eventually nabbed.

    The circumstances in which the woman gave the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) the slip when she entered Singapore at 1.58pm on Friday in a Malaysian-registered Perodua are now being investigated. Officers raised the alarm some two minutes later.

    The entire affair has displeased Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

    He said in a statement yesterday: "I have expressed my dissatisfaction to the Commissioner of ICA and the Commissioner of Police over the breach at the Woodlands Checkpoint and the subsequent response actions. This case, which could have had more serious consequences than what occurred, should have been prevented and dealt with more urgently and decisively."

    He has also demanded to know what actions are being taken against the officers.

    The woman, a 27-year-old Malaysian teacher, has a history of mental illness. Her family members are on their way here.