SINGAPORE: With the guilty plea of 29-year-old Chinese national Han Feizi in court yesterday (25 Oct), the Ministry of Manpower of Singapore announced the revocation of her work permit and a permanent ban on her employment in the country.
Han confessed to five charges, which included using criminal force and causing alarm to a security officer at her condominium, employing abusive language towards a hospital employee, creating a public nuisance, and providing false information in her work permit application.
Three additional charges were taken into account during sentencing.
She was sentenced to five weeks and five days’ imprisonment, along with a fine of S$600 (US$438).
According to Singapore’s 8 World News, a Ministry of Manpower spokesperson revealed that two charges were brought against Han Feizi, alleging that she provided false information in her work permit application, claiming to be a secretary while actually working as a freelance hostess at various locations in the country.
The spokesperson said that the defendant pleaded guilty to the first charge yesterday and was sentenced to three weeks of imprisonment, with the consideration of the second charge within the penalty.
As a result, the defendant’s work permit will be revoked, and she will be permanently banned from working in the country.
Under the laws governing the employment of foreign manpower, any foreigner engaging in self-employment without a valid work permit is considered an illegal act.
Work permit holders can only engage in occupations specified in their permits and work for the designated employer. All applicants must make accurate, complete, and truthful declarations.
Authorities highlighted that making false declarations is a serious offence, punishable by fines of up to S$20,000, or imprisonment for up to two years, or both. Additionally, individuals found guilty may be prohibited from working in the country.
Police probe Han Feizi’s allegation of deliberate collision by private-hire car driver
Separately, Lianhe Zaobao reported that a police investigation is currently underway in response to Han Feizi’s claim of being intentionally hit by a private-hire car driver.
The woman in question posted videos of her confrontations with the investigating officers on the popular short video platform TikTok, sparking widespread discussions and reactions.
In the video recordings, the woman claimed that she had been waiting for three hours at the hospital due to her involvement in a car accident. She further alleged that a nurse informed her she couldn’t receive medical treatment at the hospital because she wasn’t a Singaporean citizen.
When the police officers sought to record her statement regarding the use of inappropriate language towards one of the hospital’s nurses, the woman refused to provide a clear response.
Instead, she insisted that the police officer should question the nurse and persisted in her request to be taken to the police station while demanding that the female Investigation Officer (IO) reveal her identity.
At one juncture, she even attempted to seize the officer’s identification card while continuing to document the incident, which led to a stern warning from the officer.
In the video, Han Feizi claimed that she was deliberately hit by a private-hire driver who did not assist her after she lay on the ground for 20 minutes. She also demanded S$5,000 in compensation from the driver.
In a follow-up post on Tuesday evening, the woman disclosed that she is a long-term pass holder, and mentioned that she had undergone an X-ray examination and was provided with some medication.
The woman claimed that the driver who hit me fled the scene, unwilling to face the issue or take responsibility.
She emphasized her insistence on having the officers identify themselves because she wanted to prevent the driver from providing “unfavourable evidence” that might diminish the impact of the car accident on the driver.
Authorities intervened in early morning disturbance at SGH involving the woman
On 12 Oct, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) responded to media inquiries by issuing a statement.
The statement outlined that they had received a report at approximately 2:35 am on Tuesday, involving a 29-year-old Chinese national woman seeking medical attention for an injured foot.
It was reported that she was causing a disturbance and inconvenience to the public due to its loud nature. Additionally, she was accused of verbally abusing a nurse before the arrival of the police.
Around 3:15 a.m., two investigating officers (IO) arrived at the scene and initiated a conversation with the woman.
The police stated that the two IO identified themselves as hailing from the Central Police Division and were accompanied by uniformed police officers.
During the course of their conversation, the woman declined to provide a statement, and at one point, she used strong language in Mandarin directed at one of the IO.|
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