My advice, if you can’t avoid signing, would be to make sure you are given copies of BOTH contracts. Some employers will just give you the longer one because they know it’s safer if you’ve not got a copy.
The basic reason for this two-contract move is to designate you as working on a “commission contract” in the contract they send to the WDA but to set out conditions in the longer contract that give the employer the same amount of control as they would have of a regular worker, e.g., regarding absenteeism, requesting leave, contract termination, because a genuine commission contract relationship could not require your presence, makes no arrangements re leave, and does not require any notice period. The idea is that both the WDA and you are misled; the former into thinking you’re not a regular worker and so not entitled to all your employment rights, and you into following rules that suit the employer but are not actually required.
It is not the MOE who the work permit application is sent to, it’s the Workforce Development Agency. A head of section at the WDA, along with several other officials we have spoken to, confirmed that this use of two contracts violates the Employment Services Act, while my two lawyers also confirmed this.
Officials cited this subparagraph of Article 5 of the Employment Services Act as having been violated and said under no circumstances should a worker have two contracts
5.Submitting false information or fake health examination sample (s) when applying for permit(s) to employ foreign worker(s), or dealing with recruitment, import, or management thereof.
I will know more when I next go to court and hear the judge’s comments (but that could be delayed due to the virus outbreak).