SINGAPORE - A 50-year-old Singaporean man was sentenced to 16 months' jail and fined $35,000 on Tuesday (Aug 4) for offences involving 17 foreign workers from China.
Lim Leong Chye, the Managing Director of Club De Colors Pte Ltd and Manager of Club GMT, was Convicted of illegally importing foreign workers, collecting kickbacks and instigating another to make false declarations to MOM. He faced 39 charges in the state court.
According to a Ministry of Manpower statement, 11 charges were for obtaining work passes for foreign workers without the intention of employing them, and subsequently not employing them, 16 charges were for collecting kickbacks, 8 charges for instigating another person to submit false information to MOM to apply for work passes, and another 4 charges for making false declarations to MOm to obtain work passes.
Lim solicited payments of between $460 and $10,000 from each of the 16 foreign workers as a condition of their employment by Club De Colors Pte Ltd or Club GMT Pte Ltd. He gained profits amounting to $97,550.
He also obtained work passes for 11 foreign workers and they were told to find their own employment in Singapore. One foreign worker was subsequently arrested by the Police for vice activities.
Furthermore, he instigated a 33-year-old Singaporean, Sim Chee Kiang, who is the sole proprietor of Club GMT Pte Ltd, to furnish false information to the Controller of Work Passes in the application for foreign workers. Lim submitted the application forms containing false information to MOM.
MOM said that separate action will be taken against Sim.
The Prosecution proceeded with 3 charges of illegal importation of labour, 4 charges of receiving kickbacks and 3 charges of instigating another person to submit false information to the MOM.
Members of the public who know of persons or employers who contravene the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act should report the matter to MOM at Tel: (65) 6438 5122 or email email@example.com. All information will be kept strictly confidential.