WHY DID THE ANG MO KIO TOWN COUNCIL TAKE SO LONG TO INFORM THE PUBLIC ABOUT STAFF BEING INVESTIGATED BY CPIB?

On 30 Dec it was reported that Ang Mo Kio Town Council (AMKTC) general manager and secretary Victor Wong is being investigated by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB). Mr Wong was already asked to go on leave when investigations commenced. He was suspended in November 2016.

AMKTC, which manages the estate matters of Ang Mo Kio GRC, helmed by PM Lee Hsien Loong, had to wait so long before informing the public about this matter on 30 Dec. More than a month after the incident. Is the standard of transparency and accountability that the PAP adheres to?

Furthermore, netizens can see the difference in reporting by the mainstream media. When the Workers’ Party ran Aljunied-Hougang Town Council was reprimanded for allowing the key officers at the town councils and the owners of the managing agent be the same people, they were heavily criticized by the PAP and the mainstream media that are beholden to them.

But when it came to light that Mr Wong, who is GM and Secretary of AMKTC and is also an employee of CPG Facilities Management, the town council’s managing agent, the mainstream media reported that “double-hatting by the staff of the managing agent companies allows for efficient operations and is a common practice.”

How is this responsible reporting? To make the matter more laughable, it is a staff of AMKTC that is being investigated by the CPIB. Thus far, after all the accusations hurled at AHTC by the PAP, not one person has been investigated or charged by the authorities.

Jay See
ASS Contributor

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