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Film producer Mike Wiluan dodged quarantine by omitting Indonesia trip: immigration

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a man standing in front of a store: Film producer and Infinite Studios owner Mike Wiluan speaks in a 2013 interview at the Asian Television Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore in a video dated Dec. 24. Image: IMDA Singapore/ YouTube Film producer and Infinite Studios owner Mike Wiluan speaks in a 2013 interview at the Asian Television Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore in a video dated Dec. 24. Image: IMDA Singapore/ YouTube

Indonesian movie producer Mike Wiluan briefly dodged home quarantine after failing to disclose that he had visited his hometown prior to arriving in Singapore.

The 43-year-old Singapore permanent resident wasn’t ordered into quarantine until Monday, three days after he was cleared at Changi Airport because he did not disclose his travel to Indonesia, according to Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, or ICA.

“ICA subsequently detected Wiluan’s failure to declare his travel history. On 23 March 2020, ICA officers visited Wiluan’s house and issued him a [stay-home notice] for a 14-day period,” the immigration authority said yesterday in a statement noting it would be in effect through April 3.

Wiluan returned to Singapore on Friday, just days after 14 days of home quarantine were ordered for travelers who had recently visited nations experiencing outbreaks, including Indonesia.

The owner of Infinite Studios and co-producer of Crazy Rich Asians traveled to Batam, Indonesia, on Feb. 25 and returned to Singapore from Jakarta on March 7. He then traveled to Los Angeles from March 8 to 20.

Travel to the United States was added to the self-quarantine order effective March 21. Non-Singaporean, “short-term” visitors from all nations were barred from entering starting March 23.

By omitting his trip to Indonesia, Wiluan managed to dodge being served a stay-home notice.

The ICA notes that anyone providing false or misleading information is liable for prosecution under the Infectious Diseases Act and faces up to a S$10,000 fine and/or six months in jail. It did not indicate if Wiluan would be prosecuted.

The authorities also reduced the number of days he can spend outside Singapore before his residency is revoked.

Wiluan now joins the 38,000 people who National Development Minister Lawrence Wong revealed in parliament yesterday have been ordered to stay at home in Singapore. 

  

This article, Film producer Mike Wiluan dodged quarantine by omitting Indonesia trip: immigration, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia's leading alternative media company. 

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