Pasar Malam operator fined $72,000 for hiring 19 Indonesia workers illegally

Pasar Malam operator fined $72,000 for hiring 19 Indonesia workers illegally

A 40-year-old Singaporean Sao Wei Loon has been fined $72,000 for hiring Indonesians without valid work permit as stall assistants in three pasar malam last year.

Photo Credit: Pasar Malam Updates

He employed 19 Indonesians holding only social visit pass to work as an assistant in Geylang Serai, Tampines and Toa Payoh between Jun 1 to Sep 16 last year.

The illegal employment lasted between three days to more than three weeks.

This is a “particularly egregious” case of illegal employment. said Mr Kandhavel Periyasamy, Director of Employment Inspectorate at the foreign manpower management division, Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

Sao Wei Loon had illegally employed a large number of foreigners on social visit passes.

He was convicted of 8 of the 19 charges after pleading guilty on 27 Jun 2017, Tuesday. He will serve the default sentence of 6 months imprisonment in lieu of the fine.

For the last two years, 109 employers were convicted for illegal employment offences according to the Ministry of Manpower, Singapore.

From time to time, the MOM will conducts inspections and will work with other agencies to educate and remind these pasar malam operators and stall owners to comply with the regulatory requirements. said, MOM.

Those who hire foreigners without valid work permits can be fined up to $30,000 and jailed up to 12 months and will also be banned from employing foreign workers. MOM added.

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