2 more senior employees terminated from Singapore Environment Council

2 more senior employees terminated from Singapore Environment Council

The non-governmental organisation's (NGO) assistant executive director Gerard Christopher and director of communications Shirley Chua had their employment terminated, according to a source with knowledge of the latest developments.

SEC employees sacked Shirley Chua Edwin Seah Gerard Christopher

SINGAPORE: Two more senior staff members from the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) have had their employment terminated.

The non-governmental organisation's (NGO) assistant executive director Gerard Christopher and director of communications Shirley Chua were sacked on Friday morning (Nov 11), according to a source with knowledge of the latest developments. They were informed of the news in person through an HR staff member, and their termination was effective immediately.

This development comes on the heels of the dismissal of SEC's former executive director Edwin Seah earlier this week, even though he was cleared of the charges relating to his suspension.

Channel NewsAsia understands he was suspended in October following disagreements with higher management.

When approached, Ms Chua told Channel NewsAsia: "I won't say I was shocked. I was mentally prepared to be asked to leave after Edwin's suspension.

"If this can happen to Edwin, when he has not committed any wrongdoing, this could happen to the remaining management staff," she said.

"Hopefully one day the truth will prevail."

Said Mr Christopher: "I was a bit flabbergasted. There was nothing that was told (to us) prior. I think we have delivered on our programmes - on all fronts of our programmes - I'm just shocked."

Mr Seah echoed his sentiment. "Just like my suspension, it was unexpected and shocking. But at the end of the day you have to feel for the team who is still there. I would assume many of them are affected. You just hope that the programmes will continue unaffected."

SEC's board said on Friday that "it is inappropriate to discuss employment matters with anyone other than the individuals themselves as it is an internal matter".

Source: CNA/kk

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