Thai students warned against working in Singapore entertainment venues

DOE director-general Waranon Pitiwan
PHOTO: The Nation/Asia News Network

Thai students working as "singers" and "models" at entertainment venues in Singapore during school breaks are violating the law and can be punished by a fine of up to Bt490,000 or two years in jail or both, warned the Labour Ministry's Department of Employment (DOE).

DOE director-general Waranon Pitiwan said the agency had learned that some people tried to lure Thai students with the promise of payments of up to Bt400,000 (S$16,332), a round-trip plane ticket and accommodation to do that job.

Pitiwan said such work was illegal because people must obtain a work permit for performing artists valid for up to six months, which was issued by Singapore's Labor Ministry and which enabled the permit-holder to be protected by the Employment Act.

He said people entering Singapore on a tourist visa and working without a proper permit faced, if caught, a maximum fine of Bt490,000 and/or up to two years in prison.

He said if a person overstayed their visa, they faced a prison term of up to six months and at least three cane strikes.

Thai students must not believe those trying to convince them to work illegally there, he added.

He also urged people wishing to get more information about working abroad to contact DOE branch offices, the Bangkok's DOE area 1-10 offices or call the hotline 1694.