SINGAPORE: Ang Mo Kio Town Council (AMKTC) general manager and secretary Victor Wong is being investigated by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), a town council spokesperson confirmed to Channel NewsAsia on Friday (Dec 30).
He was asked to go on leave following a complaint against him in September, AMKTC said.
The spokesperson added that its acting general manager Lim Kian Chiong is covering Wong's duties.
In response to queries from Channel NewsAsia, CPIB said it "has received a report on the matter and is currently looking into it".
AMKTC vice chairman, MP Darryl David confirmed that Wong is under investigation.
The managing agent for AMKTC said that "investigations (into) one of our employees" is ongoing. In its statement, CPG Facilities Management added: "The employee has been suspended from his duties, pending outcome of the investigations."
The firm added that it is unable to disclose further information as investigations are still underway.
When Channel NewsAsia visited Ang Mo Kio on Friday, many residents were initially unaware of the news.
Sales executive Koh Liang Pheng, 43, said he found the development "surprising" but added that it "doesn't really matter".
"Our estate is well taken care of, so I really have no complaints ... This is PM Lee (Hsien Loong)'s ward; he is a good MP for us," he said.
"This case is a good reminder for Ang Mo Kio residents to not be complacent. We as residents need to hold our town council leaders accountable when they make mistakes. They can't just take it for granted that this is PM (Lee)'s ward, and things will all be taken care of," said Ms Gurmail Kaur, 58, part-time teacher.
Mr Keng Seah, 55, expressed concern about the area's cleanliness, as well as the town council's governance in future.
"I just hope that the maintenance services are not affected, like the cleaning of rubbish and maintenance of public equipment ... I also hope that this incident will encourage the town council to come up with immediate preventive actions so that this does not happen again," the Ang Mo Kio resident said.