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Singapore Credit Companies

Posted in Loan Services by elitemoneylenders on February 22, 2012
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A credit company in Singapore must meet certain requirements to operate as a lending institution. They must have at least one person on staff who can pass the Money Lender’s Test. The Test has a $130.00 fee which can be paid using SingPass. Singpass is an internet authentication system set up by the Singapore government to assist users in preventing various kinds of identity fraud. The Singapore government disavows any responsibility for wrong doing by a company that requests Singpass, but does request that suspicion of wrong-doing be reported immediately. The accredited staff person must also be able to pass an English test.

Institutions that occasionally issue loans, but do not make lending their primary business, may apply for an exemption to qualifying for the Registry of Money Lenders. These institutions may make loans to their employees or stock holders, but not to the general public. An applicant for a credit loan should check MinLaw listings to make sure the lender appears on one or the other of these two lists.

A Singapore credit company has a vested interest in maintaining a good reputation with borrowers. The Money lending license needed to make a Singapore Loan is renewed annually. Renewal is contingent upon continuing to meet the initial requirements and upon “good behavior” during the year. The “good behavior” requirement serves as protection for borrowers. A credit company may not use abusive language or violent means to recover borrowed funds. It is not allowed to retain personal papers, such as a driver’s license or passport in lieu of payment. Borrowers are instructed to report threatening behavior to the MinLaw department of Insolvency and Public Trust or to the police.

The Ministry of Law or Minlaw of Singapore is dedicated to making sure that obtaining a Singapore loan is a properly conducted business affair.  The Money Lender’s Act of 2008 is an effort to make sure that obtaining a credit loan is merely a matter of maintaining good faith and responsibility on the part of the borrower and the lender. The act is also an effort to ensure that money is not being borrowed by terrorists or money launderers. A credit company that wishes to operate in an above-board and businesslike fashion should have no problems with establishing an office in Singapore. Obtaining a credit loan should be a business transaction honored by both the lender and the borrower.

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