Train­ing provider jailed 10 months for forg­ing cer­tifi­cates

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A Min­istry of Man­pow­er­ac­cred­ited train­ing provider cre­ated work­place safety and health-re­lated cer­tifi­cates and sold them to for­eign­ers who did not at­tend the re­quired train­ing.

Md Abu Zahin Mostafizur Rah­man, 36, a di­rec­tor of Pioneer Skill Train­ing Cen­tre, was sen­tenced to 10 months’ jail yes­ter­day af­ter ad­mit­ting to five counts of forg­ing the Build­ing Con­struc­tion Su­per­vi­sors Safety Course (BCSS) cer­tifi­cates of suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion for the for­eign­ers.

Nine other charges were taken into con­sid­er­a­tion dur­ing sen­tenc­ing.

The pur­pose of the BCSS is to pro­vide peo­ple who carry out work in a work­site with ad­e­quate safety and health train­ing.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions showed that some time af­ter Oct 7, 2015, when Abu reg­is­tered him­self as the di­rec­tor of Pioneer Skill, he de­cided to sell BCSS cer­tifi­cates to for­eign­ers.

MOM pros­e­cu­tor A.M. Mo­hamed Ri­a­sudeen said more than 200 “sus­pi­cious” cer­tifi­cates and passes were found when MOM of­fi­cers raided Pioneer Skill’s premises in Soon Lee Street on Dec 7 that year.

Abu ad­mit­ted that the for­eign­ers named on the cer­tifi­cates did not at­tend the cour­ses spec­i­fied.

He had forged the cer­tifi­cates and sold them to the for­eign­ers at $80 to $90 each through un­known mid­dle­men, who re­ceived be­tween $160 and $800.

Plead­ing for le­niency, Abu’s lawyer, Mr Ra­jan Supra­ma­niam, said his client, who is mar­ried with two young chil­dren, was de­ter­mined to turn over a new leaf. Abu could have been fined up to $5,000 and/or jailed for up to six months on each charge.

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