Whistleblower Allegedly Sacked for Trying to Expose “Reckless” BTO-Building Practices

Posted on Aug 3 2015 - 6:10pm by Redwire Singapore

A crane operator claims that he was sacked, after trying to expose unsafe practices at a construction site in Punggol where BTO flats are being built.

Writing to Transitioning, “Edward” says he decided to raise the issue of building safety, after reading about the bout of defective BTO flats.

According to him, workers he spotted at the Punggol construction site were mixing building materials inappropriately:

“Recently, I  read about the defective BTO issue and know that I can no longer keep quiet about this because one day I’ll stay in one of this too… Even after water was added from the cement truck they continue to add water during casting when the bucket reach the top. Mixing of water can only  be done in the cement plant and when it reaches the site no more water should be added to it. The quality of the cement must be inspected and approved by the RTO before it can be use to cast our floor, ceiling and even pillars.”

“Edward” says that he has received threats from some in the company, who do not want him to bring the matter to higher authorities.

“My signal men also knew I took photo of their reckless unsafe hoisting procedures and they threatened that I’m not allow to report or expose any photos taken to MOM or related authorities.”

According to Transitioning, the company in question is Hong Dat Engineering Pte Ltd, and “Edward” was terminated on 31st July after trying to expose the practices of the staff.

From this picture provided, it appears that the BTO flats are being developed at Edgedale Plains in Punggol.

“Edward” is said to have reported the matter to the Ministry of Manpower.

4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Raymond Ng August 3, 2015 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    Supporting Edward we must!

  2. sam tan August 4, 2015 at 3:27 am - Reply

    Edward, i guess you will be like that SBS driver. Being election year, government agencies are very on the ball to help people.
    You will be more lucy Khaw BW will step out to asisst you. Goodluck

  3. Anonymous April 18, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

    You’re an honest man ,you bring honest living food to your family,they’l turn out well,God Bless

  4. Kennyisegg August 11, 2016 at 2:52 am - Reply

    How can such “life-causing” occurred. If cement, concrete and steel are not at the highest level, it may collapse one day, in any severe weather condition, from time to time.

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