Extracted from The Straits Times 19 may 2012
"Although unable to put a figure on the number of illegal guides here, STB says a three-day enforcement operation at the Merlion Park last year found 86 suspected illegal guides......
“It's happening everywhere,” said Ngee Ann Polytechnic tourism senior lecturer Michael Chiam. “These illegal guides speak the lingo of tourists, as they are from the same country.”
Illegal guides are mostly from Malaysia, Thailand, China and Singapore. Those found guiding without a license can be fined up to S$5,000 (US$3,919). Those who employ them can be fined up to S$2,000.
Licensed guides say these imposters also impart incorrect information to tourists. One, for instance, was heard telling tourists that university graduates were allowed to marry only other university graduates here. Another said that Malaysia and Singapore are one country; and that the Merlion is a dragon.
STB said it would be conducting several enforcement operations this month.
It carried out 200 such enforcement drives last year, double the number in 2010.
It has also introduced a new, bigger and watermarked license card from this month."