CCB: Work pass holder permanently banned from working in S'pore after being caught loitering

MOM said that the worker committed 'a blatant breach of circuit breaker measures.'

Nigel Chua | April 12, 2020, 08:53 PM

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has revoked the work pass of a worker who breached circuit breaker measures.

The worker has also been permanently banned from working in Singapore, MOM said in a press release issued on Apr. 12.

Loitering for an extended period of time

The man, who had finished work for the day, was found loitering "at various places for an extended period of time" after he had taken his meal on the evening of Apr. 9, according to MOM.

He only returned to his place of residence on Apr. 10.

Even though the worker had been working at an essential firm, MOM confirmed that his actions were "a blatant breach of circuit breaker measures."

Circuit breaker period

During Singapore's month-long circuit breaker period from Apr. 7. to May 4, individuals are not allowed to leave their place of residence except for certain specific reasons, and are not allowed to gather with others outside of their own household.

Those who breach the rules could be fined an amount not exceeding S$10,000, and/or jailed for not more than six months.

39 fines issued to work pass holders in two days

MOM also said that from Apr. 10 to 12, officers from multiple government agencies including MOM, the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) and the National Parks Board (NParks), issued a total of 39 fines to work pass holders who breached circuit breaker measures.

According to MOM, these individuals were found to have gathered in groups, engaged in group exercise or participating in recreational activities like frisbee or football with persons who did not live in the same household.

MOM added that ignorance of the requirements is "not an excuse", and that they will not hesitate to enforce against errant individuals.

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