Written Answer by Minister for Manpower Dr Tan See Leng to PQ on Companies Investigated for Unauthorised Salary Deductions from Employment Pass Holders
NOTICE PAPER NO. 1726 OF 2023 FOR THE SITTING ON 23 FEBRUARY 2023
QUESTION NO. 2734 FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
MP: Mr Leong Mun Wai
To ask the Minister for Manpower (a) to date, whether any companies have been investigated for making unauthorised salary deductions from Employment Pass (EP) holders such that these EP holders are effectively paid less than the minimum qualifying EP salary; and (b) if so, how many companies have been investigated.
1. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) implements various measures upstream to screen out employers who may not have the means or intention to pay the declared salary.
2. From 2018 to 2022, MOM investigated 167 companies for potential contraventions of the EP salary criteria. Of these, 10 companies were investigated for making unauthorised salary deductions from EP holders.