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Singapore – Two Malaysians arrested for working illegally as food delivery riders

17 May 2019

Two Malaysians were arrested for working illegally as food delivery riders for human cloud food couriers Foodpanda and Deliveroo, according to the Ministry of Manpower.

The Ministry said it was currently investigating how the Malaysian nationals managed to work as food delivery drivers.

According to the Malaysia Star, the Ministry, acting on a tip-off, conducted an operation. A 24-year-old Malaysian on a social visit pass holder was found using his Singaporean friend's Deliveroo account to receive food orders for delivery.

The Ministry said the friend allegedly received a cut from the fees, in exchange for loaning out his account.

In a later operation, the Ministry arrested another social visit pass holder, also 21 years old, in follow-up operations carried out between April 30 and May 7. He was found to be using both Foodpanda and Deliveroo accounts belonging to a Singaporean who had hired him illegally to carry out deliveries.

In a statement, the Ministry said they are conducting investigations into the parties involved over the illegal employment offences. The Ministry also called on all food delivery companies to tighten their processes to prevent the illegal usage of accounts.

Deliveroo has suspended the accounts of the both Malaysian workers.

A Deliveroo spokesperson said that it requires all riders to be either a Singapore citizen or a permanent resident.

Foreigners who work in Singapore without a valid work pass and those abetting the offence, can face a fine of up to SGD 20,000 (USD 14,500) or imprisonment of up to two years or both. Employers hiring illegal workers can be fined SGD 5,000 (USD 3,600) to SGD 30,000 (USD 21,800) and/or be imprisoned for 12 months.


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