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Parliament to discuss CPIB probe into ex-chiefs of CNB & SCDF

Members of Parliament (MPs) have tabled questions on the probe surrounding the former chiefs of the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) when Parliament sits on Tuesday.

Parliament to discuss CPIB probe into ex-chiefs of CNB & SCDF

Singapore's Parliament House. (Photo: Hester Tan)

SINGAPORE: Members of Parliament (MPs) have tabled questions on the probe surrounding the former chiefs of the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) when Parliament sits on Tuesday.

They would like Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Teo Chee Hean to shed more light on the investigations into the cases involving the former commissioner of the SCDF, Peter Lim, and former director of the CNB, Ng Boon Gay.

The two have been questioned by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) over allegations of serious personal misconduct.

Mountbatten MP Lim Biow Chuan wanted to know why information about the arrests of senior government servants was not made public until weeks later.

He asked whether the government should have suspended senior civil servants from their official duties once they have been arrested.

MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC, Edwin Tong, asked the minister if he could provide an update on the status of the investigations, and why the arrests and investigations were not disclosed earlier.

He also wanted to know whether investigations have revealed lapses in the procurement systems and processes of the agencies and, if so, what would be done to address these lapses.

Aljunied GRC MP Sylvia Lim has tabled questions on the channels for uniformed officers to furnish information about improper conduct of superior officers.

She asked how many times these channels have been used in the last five years against superiors.

She also wanted to know about the nature of the information given, the outcome of such reporting, as well as the repercussions an officer faces for giving information about a superior which is not substantiated or proven.

MP for Marine Parade GRC, Tin Pei Ling, has tabled a question, asking the Prime Minister what measures the government has taken to maintain the integrity of the Public Service.

Pritam Singh, MP for Aljunied GRC, would like to know whether the government would conduct a comprehensive review of the feedback mechanisms currently in place in the Civil Service.

He also asked whether the government would consider whistleblower and whistleblower protection legislation and the institution of a national ombudsman to act as layers of deterrence against wayward civil servants.

Another issue to be raised concerns public transport.

Nee Soon GRC MPs, Assoc Prof Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim and Dr Lim Wee Kiak, asked the transport minister for the number of Singaporeans who is employed by public transport operators as bus drivers over the past three years.

They also wanted to know about the training and orientation provided to foreign public bus drivers, as well as the educational and language skills criteria for employment of bus drivers.

Source: CNA/al

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