Written Answer by Mrs Josephine Teo Minister for Manpower to PQ on Rationale for Further Consultations with AGC on Further Action to be Taken against Parti Liyani's Previous Employer
NOTICE PAPER NO. 44OF 2020 FOR THE SITTING ON 5 OCTOBER 2020
QUESTION NO. 64 FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
MP: Mr Derrick Goh
To ask the Minister for Manpower what is the rationale for further consultations with AGC to decide on what further action ought to be taken against Parti Liyani's previous employer when the Ministry has previously issued a warning to the employer in 2018.
- In determining punitive actions for illegal deployment, MOM’s key considerations are the degree to which the well-being of the Foreign Domestic Worker has been compromised, and the extent of the illegal deployment. Ms Parti Liyani’s case of illegal deployment was handled by the Ministry of Manpower in accordance with these considerations.
- At the conclusion of MOM’s investigations in May 2018, in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), the Ministry took no further action against Mr Liew. A Caution was issued to Mrs Liew, and an Advisory Notice to Mr Karl Liew. The actions taken against the three individuals were in line with actions taken in past similar cases.
- From 2017 to 2019, there were an average of 550 complaints of illegal deployment each year. Of these, MOM took actions against an average of 155 employers per year for illegally deploying their Foreign Domestic Workers. About 60 of them were issued with an Advisory Notice. 80 were issued with a Caution. On average, 16 employers were issued with financial penalties each year, ranging from $3,300 to $24,000.
- There is a review ongoing for this particular case, arising from the High Court’s observations. MOM will give an update when the review is complete