A Christian church pastor was sentenced last week to two weeks in prison for lying and giving false information to an immigration officer over his vehicle’s fuel gauge, Mariam Yuan of Bikyamasr reports. He is appealing.
Steven Yang Suan Piau is to serve two weeks for violating Singapore’s Customs Act, which requires that cars be filled with at least three-quarters of a tank of gasoline before crossing the country into Malaysia. The law stems from kidnappings and attacks against Singaporean citizens in southern Malaysia. When stopped at checkpoint, Yang's fuel gauge showed that he had the three-quarters of a tank of gas, but officers say the pastor of the Eternal Life Baptist Church only had a quarter of a tank of gas.
Yang insists that the fuel gauge had not been tampered with and is currently out on $15,000 bail until the appeal hearing.