DRONE WAITER STARTUP WITH SG GOVT FUNDING CHARGED WITH NOT PAYING SALARIES

Woon Junyang, a former SAF scholar and officer, has been charged by the Ministry of Manpower over unpaid employee salaries.

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According to the ministry, Junyang faces 3 counts of failing to "pay salary to employee upon dismissal" and 1 count of failing to pay salary "due on termination by the employee due to breach of contract by the employer".

Junyang is a former Naval officer who served with the Singapore Navy for 7 years after receiving a scholarship from the Singapore Armed Forces to study at Stanford University and University College London. His Singapore based startup, Infinium Robotics, specializes in indoor drone technology. The company received more than S$1 million (US$750,000) from seed investors, with a quarter of that coming from Singapore government scheme SPRING TECS.

The Singapore Manpower Ministry says employers who fail to pay salaries can face up to $15,000 in fines and imprisonment for up to 6 months. Repeat offenders may see their penalties doubled.

Court proceedings are still ongoing.

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