Daily Archives: 2015-07-17

S’pore flag displayed on the ground in Sengkang

In an act of either carelessness or ignorance, Sengkang West grassroots leaders, along with other volunteers, apparently displayed the Singapore flag on the grounds when trying to link them together for a display in the estate. In a photo posted on the Facebook page of the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Lam Pin Min, it appears that several …

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Workers’ Party’s AHPETC becomes a directly-managed town council

The Workers' Party's Aljunied-Hougang Punggol East Town Council (AHPETC) ceased to be managed by a Managing Agent on 15 July, WP MP Lee Lilian said on her Facebook page on late Thursday night. "For the last few months, my fellow MPs and I have been busy with the handover. Preparation for this day started as early as Feb this year," …

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Wall Street Journal report: Temasek Holdings is selling Neptune Orient Lines

The Wall Street Journal has reported that state investment company Temasek Holdings is selling Neptune Orient Lines Ltd (NOL), which was founded in 1968 as Singapore's national shipping line. Temasek owns 65% of the shares in NOL, with the remainder traded on the Singapore Stock Exchange. The US$1.7 billion shipping company is not in a good shape: WSJ describes it as …

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High time to audit the books of the People’s Association

By Jeannette Chong-Aruldoss The People’s Association (“PA”) is an organ heavily funded by taxpayers’ money. For FY 2012 and FY 2013, it received S$399 million and S$540 million in Government grants respectively. [1] Earlier this year, the Government increased by 51.3 percent the estimated expenditure of the PA, and allocated the PA over S$1 billion from the public coffers to fund …

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Gov’t should freeze all funds to PA until full audit is done

Most of you would have heard about the "lapses" of the grassroots organisations under People's Association that was uncovered in the Auditor General's Office (AGO) annual audit for 2014/15 by now. But for those who have not, the AGO found lapses in the management of tenancy contracts in 35 community club/centre management committees (CCMCs) and common procurement irregularities among the …

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Ex-CCC chairman, Tonic Oh, sued in 2002 civil suit

It has emerged that Mr Oh Thai Nan, also known as Tonic Oh, was involved in a civil suit in 2002 over a sum of almost $400,000 claimed by a Ms Chua Siew Moi, also known as Erica Chua. (See here.) Mr Oh was revealed in the news on Wednesday as the chairman of the Admiralty branch of the Citizens’ …

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Toa Payoh vandal tried to wiggle out of heavy sentence: DPP

Boaz Koh Wen Jie, 18, had deliberately enrolled into a rehabilitation centre just days before he pleaded guilty in order the get a lighter sentence, alleged Deputy Public Prosecutor Francis Ng yesterday, 16 July. Koh along with four other friends were found guilty on charges varying from vandalism, theft and criminal trespass, when they breached a Housing Development Board flat roof top in May …

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AGO on MOM – Gates opened wider for Employment and Work Pass breaches?

By Howard Lee Among the financial and contractual lapses highlighted in the annual Auditor-General Office's (AGO) report on government ministries and statutory boards, one might have slipped the sight of readers, among the many irregularities in how government departments and grassroot organisations procured their goods and services. AGO noted that the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) had outsourced the maintenance of its …

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