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MHA sets up independent review panel for Home Team

The independent review panel will help "foster greater public trust and confidence" in the Home Team, the Ministry of Home Affairs says.

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Friday (Aug 1) it has set up an Independent Review Panel (IRP) to ensure internal investigations into Home Team officers are thorough and fair.

The MHA said in a statement that the IRP is expected to strengthen the Home Team's system for reviewing internal investigations into allegations of wrongdoing or misconduct by its officers, by ensuring there are "independent, robust and fair processes in place".

Examples of cases the IRP will be called into action include those that have resulted in death or serious injury, those that obstruct, prevent, pervert or defeat the course of justice, or where it is in the public interest to do so, MHA said.

The IRP will provide its opinion to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean on whether the investigations are thorough and fair, and whether there are any areas that need to be further investigated. The panel is advisory in nature, and is neither an investigation nor disciplinary body, the ministry stated.

"This will help foster greater public trust and confidence in the integrity of the Home Team," the statement said.

The IRP will be chaired by Mr Goh Joon Seng, a retired Supreme Court judge, and comprises 18 other members including former senior Home Team officers and prominent people from the community such as Mr Koh Cher Siang, Chairman of the Housing and Development Board (HDB) and Mr David Wong Cheong Fook, Fellow of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Singapore.

The appointments are for a term of two years, MHA said.

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