A Sikh woman director of a Singapore company was on Thursday charged with making false declarations of foreign employees’ salaries to the island city-state’s government to obtain employment passes (EPs).
Parmjit Kaur, a former director of bar and dining chain Harry’s International in the South East Asian country off the Malaysian coast, was charged with 20 counts of making false declaration of salaries in the work pass applications to the Controller of Work Passes.
The Ministry of Manpower said between April 8 and September 2, 2013, she had instructed her subordinates to declare that the fixed monthly salaries of the foreign employees would be 3,100 Singapore dollars (Rs 1.44 lakh), salary required to obtain EPs. Kaur knew that the 20 foreign employees would be paid less than what was declared in their work pass applications, the ministry has said. Her case has been adjourned to December 10. If found guilty, she faces a maximum fine of 20,000 Singapore dollars (Rs 9.3 lakh) and could be jailed for up to two years.