37-year-old Mohamad Hafiz Salim Alkhatib, the founder of The Malayan Council (a popular chain of restaurants) is facing 41 charges under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act.
He had allegedly falsely declared the salaries of his workers to MOM, and told 13 of his workers to lie to the ministry in 2019.
The Straits Times reported that Hafiz had allegedly falsely declared his workers’ salaries in their work pass applications.
He also made 13 of his workers, who were holding positions like managers, supervisors, and customer service executives, lie to MOM in 2019.
Hafiz is being accused of paying one of the 13 workers $200 lesser than the declared salary, between the months of February and August 2019.
He is also being charged with instigating Ms Sheikhah Mumtaz Sheikh Mustafa, the director of The Malayan Council, to lie to the authorities on three occasions about the workers’ work passes.
He is also being charged with employing two foreign workers without valid work plasses in 2019, at their Bussorah Street outlet.
Hafiz is currently out on bail of $15,000, and his case has been adjourned to 27 December.