They thought he was dead, but workers and suppliers now worry that the owner of an Orchard Plaza noodle shop may have fled the country.
Mr Kenji Misawa, 48, the owner of Noodle House Ken, allegedly left behind unpaid workers and suppliers.
Two suppliers said they intend to lodge a police report, but feel that trying to get the debts settled would be a lost cause.
The workers whom Mr Misawa had allegedly failed to pay were also at their wits' end.
Little is known about Mr Misawa, other than the fact that he is short, quiet and has strange habits.