Foreigners in Singapore Offer to 'Pay' for Employment Passes

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#1 Apr 22, 2013
Foreigners in Singapore Offer to 'Pay' for Employment Passes
Melissa Kok & Amanda Tan - Straits Times Indonesia | July 19, 2011

Singapore. Employ us and we will "pay" you. That offer was made to Henn Tan, owner of a local technology firm, when he interviewed two men - a Myanmarese and a Filipino in their 20s. They had applied to work as a webmaster and a software engineer respectively.

The jobs, which pay at least $3,500 a month, would have earned them Employment Passes (EPs) here.

When told they were not qualified for the positions, they offered Tan, 54, a deal: they would "return" half their salaries to him each month, as long as he hired them on EPs.

Some foreigners are allegedly offering to return part of their salaries to prospective bosses if they are hired on the coveted EP, which now requires applicants to earn more in order to qualify.

EP holders - often graduates working in professional, managerial or specialist jobs - are allowed to bring their spouses and children to Singapore on Dependant"s Passes.

Recounting the incident, which took place in April, Tan, chief executive of Trek 2000 International, said: "They told me if I allowed them to be hired on EP, they would "kick back" the balance to me." He rejected the offer.

But not all have stood firm. In the first three months of this year, five employers of EP and S Pass holders - usually mid-skilled workers - were taken to task for making false declarations in their work pass applications, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).


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#2 Wednesday Jan 14
Wow. Can't believe this is happening.

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#3 Sunday
This is bad.

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