The Singapore government has said it will begin to crackdown on domestic workers coming into the country looking for work in the Southeast Asian country, a new memo from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said. It added that women suspected of applying for tourist visas will also be denied visas to the country as a precaution.
The Straits Times reported that the MOM added that foreign maids already working here who are found to have entered Singapore as tourists will have their work permits revoked.
“This is to get around Manila’s regulations stating that employers should bear domestic workers’ placement fees, which on average cost $2,000, or four months’ salary,” the report said.
The MOM said it “would like to remind Singapore employment agencies and employers that a prospective foreign domestic worker should not be coming to Singapore as a tourist in the hopes of looking for employment”. Read more »