Boss of wooden case-making firm charged with collecting over $100k in kickbacks from foreign workers

Ng Boon Cheng faces 20 counts of collecting a total of $105,235 in kickbacks from 20 of his foreign workers to ensure their continued employment.
Ng Boon Cheng faces 20 counts of collecting a total of $105,235 in kickbacks from 20 of his foreign workers to ensure their continued employment.PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

SINGAPORE - The managing director of a company that makes wooden cases and pallets was on Tuesday (Oct 11) charged for collecting kickbacks from 20 of his foreign workers to ensure their continued employment.

Ng Boon Cheng, who runs Lian Lee Wooden Case Maker Co, faces 20 counts of collecting a total of $105,235 in kickbacks, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in a press release.

The ministry added that it had recovered and returned the monies to the affected foreign workers.

Ng had allegedly consented to the company deducting various amounts from the workers' salaries from January 2011 to October last year, so as to ensure their continued employment with the company.

 
 

His case has been adjourned to Nov 8.

If convicted, he is liable to a fine of up to $30,000 and/or up to two years' jail per offence.

MOM stressed that it takes a tough stance against employers who collect kickbacks, citing two cases in April and August last year when a construction firm boss and a night club boss respectively were fined and jailed for similar offences.

Foreign workers who are pressured to give kickbacks should seek help from MOM immediately. Those with information on such cases can report the matter to the ministry by calling 6438 5122 or emailing mom_fmmd@mom.gov.sg.