4 Food Delievery Foreigners Charged, Working Illegally without work passes

4 Food Delievery Foreigners Charged, Working Illegally without work passes

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) reported on Tuesday that four foreign nationals have been prosecuted with operating an illegal food delivery service in Singapore without authorized work permits.

Under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, two Singaporeans and one permanent resident (PR) were also accused with aiding and abetting these crimes.

The government claims that despite knowing that the foreigners lacked legal work permits to act as food delivery riders, the trio allegedly gave the foreigners access to their accounts on a number of food delivery platforms.

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The 47 year old Singaporean Muhammad Mubeen Muthibbi Sahul Hameed offered his Foodpanda account to his international buddy Amanullah Faizal Navas in March. This supposedly made it possible for Amanullah, 37, to work as a food delivery rider.

The other Singaporean, Low Kim Soon, 35, is accused of having loaned Muhammad Syazuwan Sharil, 27, access to his Deliveroo account so that he could allegedly work as a food delivery rider on the platform from November 2022 to March 2023.

A 23-year-old PR named Chaw Soon Song is accused of lending his Deliveroo account to his 28-year-old brother, Soon Yaw, between December 2022 and March 2023. This made it possible for a foreigner named Soon Yaw to work as a food delivery rider at the same time.

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Ng Teik Chuan, 36, the last foreign national charged on Tuesday, is said to have worked as a food delivery rider on the MilkRun and LiveExpress platforms between May 2022 and March 2023.

The nationalities of the foreigners and the PR charged were kept a secret by MOM.

Foreign nationals must first get legitimate work passes in order to work in Singapore.

Those who are discovered to be employing foreigners without a legal work permit or permitting them to use their accounts might be subject to a fine of up to $20,000, up to two years in prison, or both.

Foreigners who are found guilty will also be prohibited from entering Singapore and from working there.

Those in the public who are aware of questionable employment practises, such as businesses hiring foreign nationals without valid work permits, or who are aware of individuals or employers who violate the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act are urged to contact MOM at (643) 838-5122 or mom_fmmd@mom.gov.sg.

According to the ministry, any supplied information would be treated in the strictest confidence.

It continued by saying that it had been working with the major food delivery services to improve their procedures and stop unauthorised users from abusing accounts. It had also been distributing educational messages to riders warning them against sharing or allowing foreigners to use their food delivery accounts.

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Source: The Straits Times

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