COVID-19: Crazy Rich Asians co-producer Mike Wiluan penalised for not declaring travel history

Mike Wiluan at Infinite Studios in Batam in 2018. PHOTO: Yahoo TV

SINGAPORE — Film producer and Infinite Studios chief executive Mike Wiluan, 43, has had the validity of his re-entry permit shortened for failing to fully declare his travel history to immigration officers, amid strict regulations imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement on Wednesday (25 March), the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said that the permanent resident returned to Singapore from the US last Friday. Upon his arrival, he failed to declare to ICA officers his recent trip to Indonesia, which would have subjected him to a Stay-Home Notice (SHN) for 14 days.

The agency subsequently detected Wiluan’s failure to declare this travel history, and has since issued Wiluan a SHN for 14 days, till 3 April 2020. It has also decided to shorten the validity of his re-entry permit. 

Travel history to Batam, Jakarta, LA

According to ICA, Wiluan travelled from Singapore to Batam on 25 February, and returned 11 days later on 7 March by flying from Jakarta to Changi Airport. The following day, Wiluan departed Singapore for Los Angeles and returned on 20 March.

With effect from 11.59pm on 16 March, all travellers entering Singapore with recent travel history to Indonesia and other ASEAN countries within the last 14 days have been issued with a 14-day SHN. “However, even though he was supposed to declare (his recent travel to Indonesia) to the ICA officers at the airport, he did not do so,” said the agency.

It noted that health alert notices have been displayed at various locations at the airport to remind all arriving travellers of the requirement to identify themselves at immigration counters if they have a travel history to affected countries within the last 14 days.

“Upon his arrival at Changi Airport on 20 March 2020, Wiluan would have seen one of these health alert notices. Despite this, he did not declare his relevant travel history to ICA and was thus not served with a SHN,” said the ICA. ICA subsequently detected Wiluan’s failure to declare his travel history.

Anyone who makes a false or misleading declaration is liable to prosecution under the Infectious Diseases Act. The penalty for providing false or misleading information is a fine of up to S$10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to six months.

For non-Singaporeans, other administrative actions such as revocation or shortening the validity of permits and passes to remain in Singapore may also be taken.

Wiluan is a well-known name in Singapore's film industry. He was the local co-producer for Crazy Rich Asians. His 2018 film Buffalo Boys was also picked as Singapore's submission to the Academy Awards in the Foreign Language Film category.

National broadsheet The Straits Times reported that when contacted, Wiluan said, "This is news to me as ICA has already spoken with me and I'm serving my notice. I cannot comment any further as I seek clarification."

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