Corruption case under probe at AMK Town Council

Dec 30, 2016 08.30AM |

SOMETHING is rotten in the estate of Ang Mo Kio. A general manager and secretary of the neighbourhood’s town council has been put on forced leave and is now under investigation by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).

Mr Victor Wong works for CPG Facilities Management, the managing agent of the town council, which is helmed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. No details were given of the case, but the town council’s chairman Ang Hin Kee told The Straits Times (ST) yesterday (Dec 29) that a complaint was made against Mr Wong in September. Mr Wong was removed from his duties last month.

As to nature of the complaint, Mr Ang, who is also a Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC, said it had to do with “the way he handles contracts and dealings in the town council”, reported ST.

The complaint “arose out of his dealings which relates to probable behaviour needing investigation done by CPIB”, he said. “Needless to say, the town council ourselves will render all assistance needed to ensure zero tolerance for corruption.”

“We will render all assistance needed to ensure zero tolerance for corruption.”

What exactly are we talking about here?

Clues from Mr Ang’s brief interview with ST point to contracts being handled by Mr Wong and potential conflicts of interests which were possibly undeclared.

Mr Ang declined to give any more details of the investigation, but said that town council staff are constantly reminded to declare any interests concerning tenders being awarded by the council, said ST.

He also said that staff from the managing agent were also reminded that “if there are declarations to be made, if there are interests to declare, the people involved (must) make those declarations”.

Meanwhile, an acting general manager, Mr Lim Kian Chiong, has been asked to replace Mr Wong, who could not be reached for comment yesterday. Mr Lim is also an employee of CPG.

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In other news, two Indonesians have been deported to Batam after they were found to be planning to go to Syria via Singapore, possibly to join Islamic State (IS) militants there.

This is the second such incident this year – in February, four male Indonesians were also deported for similar reasons.

Confirming the report in The Jakarta Post, the Republic’s Ministry of Home Affairs said it had alerted Indonesian authorities before the man and woman, both 40 years old, were deported.

“MHA confirms that two Indonesians were deported to Indonesia after it was established that one of them intended to travel to Syria via Singapore with the assistance of the second individual.”

Speaking of sudden departures, about 120 employees from a car distribution company will be let go in the first weeks of 2017 in one of the largest downsizing exercises in the local motor industry, reported ST.

The employees are from Borneo Motors, a Toyota agent; and Champion Motors, a Suzuki agent. Both are subsidiaries of the parent company Inchcape. The retrenchments represent about 12 to 14 per cent of Inchcape’s overall staff strength in Singapore.


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