Singaporean, Malaysian travellers to face stricter airport screenings in Indonesia

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To prevent drug smuggling into Indonesia, travellers from Singapore and Malaysia will soon face stricter screenings when entering the archipelago through airports.

State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II president director Budi Karya Sumadi told Bernama on Saturday that drug smuggling in relation to Singapore and Malaysian citizens had been brought up in a discussion with the Transportation Ministry.

"The ministry agreed that more random checks would be conducted on Malaysians and Singaporeans entering Indonesia," he said.

Although no further information has been provided with regard to the implementation, Budi explained that among the random checks might be inspections by plainclothes officers.

Singaporean Mohammad Noh Bin Abdul Salam was arrested recently at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali for the alleged possession of 10 ecstasy pills.

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