Mun Siong Engineering fined and barred from hiring new foreign workers until Dec 29

Sharon See
Published Wed, Apr 7, 2021 · 06:00 AM

MUN Siong Engineering has been fined S$15,000 by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and barred from applying for new work passes until Dec 29, the mainboard-listed company said in an exchange filing late on Tuesday.

This comes as the company was found by MOM to have breached the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act.

Mun Siong said one of its former employees made an "inherent oversight" in its submission to MOM for the transfer of six workers from their original employer. "The said former employee relied on verbal representations, instead of seeking documentary proof, from each of the six said work pass workers," said Mun Siong.

MOM informed the company of the breach on March 18 following an investigation on Dec 17, 2020, Mun Siong said.

It added that it paid the administrative financial penalty of S$15,000.

The company said, based on its investigations, the former employee had exercised discretion on the matter without consulting the management or his immediate supervisor. "Nevertheless, the management has acknowledged that it is an oversight on the company's part," Mun Siong said.

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It added that it has assured MOM that due care will be exercised in future submissions, and this will be supported by documents and the necessary disclosures and enquiries.

Although the company will not be allowed to employ new foreign workers, it will still be able to renew the work passes of its existing workforce, it said.

Mun Siong shares closed flat at 5.9 Singapore cents on Tuesday.

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