3 company directors charged for failing to pay salaries

SINGAPORE - Three company directors were charged in the Subordinate Courts on Thursday for failing to pay their workers' salaries.

MOM began investigations on RPM Media Pte Ltd after the company failed to pay its employees their salaries despite orders from the Commissioner for Labour. RPM Media was owned by Ong Jeau Leang, who allegedly owed about $35,000 in salary to eight employees.

Ong was also the director of Apex Media Pte Ltd, which allegedly owed close to $3,000 in salary to one employee.

Ong’s wife, Oi Leng Li, was the director of Eventus Inc Marketing Pte Ltd, which allegedly owed close to $2,500 in salary to one employee.

She was also the director of MMX Publishing and Media Boys Pte Ltd. She was convicted of offences related to non-payment of salary in 2012 in her capacity as director of these two companies.Another director, Borhan Bin Saini of Wellcare Medical & Executive Concierge Services Pte Ltd and Wellcare Travel & Tours Pte Ltd, was also charged for failing to pay salaries to his employees.

In a separate case, a director of OTS Cleaning Pte Ltd, Sam Oh Tiong Li, has been charged with furnishing false documents and providing false statements to a MOM investigating officer.

Oh's offences allegedly took place during investigations after MOM conducted a proactive inspection of the employment conditions in OTS Cleaning Pte Ltd.There have been a total of 20 convictions for errant employers from January to June 2013. In 2012, there were a total of 45 cases.

Workers or members of the public can call 1800-221-9922 or email workright@mom.gov.sg to report cases of non-compliance with the stated Acts. All calls and emails will be kept strictly confidential.

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