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Saturday January 26th 2019

Singaporean PMET wth foreign spouse owed $10,000 in salary arrears by friend’s company

Dear Gilbert,

My name is Koh and its my first time writing to you.

I have in my own opinion the biggest trouble blockading my mind right now.

My apologies though I would like to keep the mail short, but I feel that it would take the whole story for you to understand what I am going through now.

Forgive the love story part but it was when it first began.

Last year, I started to work in my Ex Poly mate’s branding and marketing firm at the end of August as I was about to get married to a Chinese National woman whom I feel very strongly till now that she is my soulmate.

Prior to working for my friend, Mr A, I was working as an interior design firm which failed badly and ended into bad debts.

Sensing the urgency to provide a shelter for my partner, something which I don’t have, I joined my friend thinking that I need a stable income and CPF input to cater for loan for HDB resale purchase.

And also to get a longer term visit pass for her which she was only granted 6 months for the first application.

I progressed slowly but steadily over the months and my highest payslip came to an amount almost hitting $6k in the month of May this year.

My partner and I are also in the progress of searching high and low for our home to be and we finally landed on a nice deal for a 3-room flat in Yishun.

All was good but at the salary day of June, my boss and friend told me that he was abit tight in the pocket and could only hand me in cash $2.5k for the month of May.

The actual tabulated salary was in the region of $4.4k after CPF deduction. I was agreeable as it was the very first time he delayed my salary.

But subsequently, till today, the owed salary hasn’t been cleared yet.

What’s worse was that he had actually owed my CPF contribution since the month of April.

But that amount has been cleared  over last week but I really do not know how much it may have affect the validity of my Bank Loan for HDB which is completing next week on the 17th.

The salary which he owes me is about $10k to date (partial May to the month of August end)

And he keeps telling me that he is trying his best.

I sincerely am lost as I know that he is a person of pride and I also know that the more I demand for the money, the more he will delay.

If you are wondering why I stayed on despite not being paid on the subsequent month, its because I have committed myself to a flat, and also any change in job will affect the length of stay that my spouse will get from ICA.

I’m really stressful now as I also know that my spouse is having a hard time living with me in a rented room.

I feel like I have both failed as a man and as a husband to my lovely wife.

I really do need advice and help as soon as you can provide me.

Kindly reply here or I can be contacted at my mobile 8355xxxx.

Sincerely yours,



Hi Koh

Thanks for your mail and sorry to hear of your predicament.

For salary arrears, you can approach MOM which is pretty prompt on such matter.

Bring along the contract and whatever documents you have to prove your case.

His constant delay has provided you some clue that he is an inconsistent employer.

However, I understand the part about your housing loan approval and ICA immigration stay for your foreign spouse.

Another way is to start looking for  another job aggressively so you can quickly leave with a job  at hand.

This way, hopefully, all other matters can be resolved smoothly.

Take care and let us know how we can assist you further.



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2 Responses to “Singaporean PMET wth foreign spouse owed $10,000 in salary arrears by friend’s company”

  1. Ten10 says:

    You have to go look for MOM and probably they will call you down for mediation with your friend / boss.

    If your friend is playing punk, he might pay up but chances are he will also fire you after that, so no income after the arrear payment.

    If your friend really in financial difficulty, then no matter what you do you are not going to get any money anyway. $10k is too small to intiate legal action also.

    Better start applying for other jobs fast, this ship is already almost sunk.

  2. sal says:

    It’s difficult now to start a family in Spore, with the ccurrent situation. You need to have a good amount in your CPF and have a stable job. Wish you the best and good future.

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