A Singaporean man, Sao Wei Loon, 40, was penalised $72,000 for engagement of 19 foreign nationals deprived of lawful work licence passes. These unlawful workers were employed as stall helpers at three pasar malams situated in Geylang Serai, Tampines and Toa Payoh, from 1 June to 16 September 2016.
Their labour appointments continued between three days to around three weeks. However, he was incapable of paying the penalty, thus Sao will have to oblige non-payment verdict of six months’ sentence in lieu of the fine. This case pinpoint Sao’s inclination to evade the law, as he had engaged a large amount of foreign residents on social visit permits to labour for him, thus guaranteeing that he keeps cash for himself.
All non-nationals employed in Singapore, as well as those employed in bazaars and night markets, must apply for lawful work permits. Employers who disobey the law can be penalised a maximum of $30,000 or imprisoned for up to 12 months, or both. They will also be disqualified from engaging foreign workers