MOM had issued caution to CAG chair Liew Mun Leong's wife for illegal deployment of maid

The Ministry of Manpower building. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)
The Ministry of Manpower building. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

SINGAPORE – Changi Airport Group (CAG) chairman Liew Mun Leong’s wife had been issued a caution by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) at the conclusion of an investigation into a report of illegal deployment of the family’s Indonesian ex-helper Parti Liyani.

The ministry, however, is now in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) to decide if further action, if any, ought to be taken. In a statement on Sunday (6 September), the MOM said that this is in light of the comments made by High Court judge, Justice Chan Seng Onn, in his ruling to acquit Parti of four charges of theft from Liew and his family.

Among others, Justice Chan had found that there was reason to believe that the Liew family terminated Parti’s employment suddenly and later made a police report in attempts to prevent her from making good her threat to lodge a report with the MOM about her illegal deployment.

Parti, 46, who was represented pro bono by lawyer Anil Balchandani, was initially convicted by the State Courts of stealing over $34,000 worth of items from the Liew family while she was under their employ.

In its statement, the MOM said that in October 2017, Parti “made a report of illegal deployment by her employer’s spouse Mrs Liew, to her son Mr Karl Liew’s residence between September and October 2016, and to his office around 2012 and 2013”.

“The Ministry investigated her complaint and found that Mrs Liew deployed her to Mr Karl Liew’s house and office on different occasions. At the conclusion of the investigation in May 2018, the Ministry issued a caution to Mrs Liew and an advisory to Mr Karl Liew,” the MOM said. “The issuing of a caution, on these facts, is consistent with the approach taken in other similar cases.”

Police, AGC making assessments

Meanwhile, in response to media queries, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said on Sunday that it noted Justice Chan’s judgment. “Several observations about Police’s investigations have been raised. The Police are looking into them,” the SPF said.

Earlier on Sunday, the AGC had also issued a statement saying that it will be studying the judgment and assessing if it ought to take further action in the case.

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