The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau has launched a probe into Ang Mo Kio Town Council general manager and secretary Victor Wong, after a complaint was received about him in September about “the way he handles contracts and dealings with the town council”.
The whole fracas has proven a big embarrassment for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is an MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC, especially in the wake of the 2-year-long stream of attacks on the opposition Workers’ Party for AHPETC’s mismanagement of funds.
None of the WP personnel involved in AHPETC operations have been hauled up by the CPIB for investigation.
The saga has also brought to light the big conflict of interest in Ang Mo Kio town council – Wong was working for CPG Facilities Management, which is the managing agent of the town council, when he was appointed as town council general manager in 2015.
Wong has since been removed from his positions at the town council.
But worryingly, another CPG staff Lim Kian Chong has been appointed as acting general manager in place of Wong, which calls into questions once again the issues of conflict of interest and appropriate checks and balances.
Ang Mo Kio Town Council chairman and MP Ang Hin Kee has so far been tight-lipped about the case.
He did reveal that MPs of the GRC have made it a point to personally check on projects performed by its contractors, “so not 100 per cent is done by the managing agent with no oversight”.
Ang Mo Kio Town Council is responsible for the housing estates in Ang Mo Kio GRC, led by its 6 MPs – PM Lee, Ang Hin Kee, Dr Koh Poh Koon, Darryl David, Gan Thiam Poh, and Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar.
PM Lee is now on holiday in Japan, while the other Ang Mo Kio GRC MPs have also remained silent on the case.