'Case will be investigated fully and thoroughly': DPM Teo

"The Government takes a serious view of public officers who misconduct themselves," says Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister for Home Affairs and Minister-in-charge of the Civil Service Teo Chee Hean.

His comments come on the back of the the suspensions to the chiefs of Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB).

"All public officers, regardless of their position or seniority, are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity and conduct. The Government takes a serious view of public officers who misconduct themselves.

"Any allegations of misconduct made against public officers will be investigated fully and thoroughly. We will be fair to officers who are the subject of allegations, establish the facts and follow due process, acting in accordance with civil service disciplinary processes and the law.

"If officers are found to have abused the trust placed in them, we will not hesitate to take firm and decisive action against them.

"Both officers were placed on leave once the CPIB investigations commenced. We will be interdicting both officers from their duties while investigations are on-going, so that new Heads can be appointed to ensure leadership continuity.

"I would like to re-affirm my confidence in our SCDF and CNB officers, who are honourable professionals risking their lives on a daily basis to keep our citizens safe and secure."