SingTel fire: Telco forms committee of inquiry to investigate cause of fire

SingTel fire: Telco forms committee of inquiry to investigate cause of fire

SINGAPORE - Following the fire at the Bukit Panjang central office on Oct 9, the board of directors of SingTel announced that it has established an independent Board Committee of Inquiry (BCOI).

In a press release SingTel Chairman, Mr Simon Israel, stated: "The Board takes the recent fire incident extremely seriously. The establishment of the BCOI demonstrates our commitment to provide an objective and expert review of the incident and more importantly, to make recommendations to ensure that we learn from this experience and further enhance our network resilience. In the interest of transparency, the Board will make the BCOI findings and recommendations public."

"We recognise the importance of resilient network infrastructure to Singapore's status as a leading financial and business hub. The Board's policy requires SingTel to adhere to the highest operational standards," added Mr Simon Israel.

BCOI will work with leading global experts and report its findings to the board of SingTel.

The committee will be chaired by Mr Bobby Chin Yoke Choong, a non-executive and independent director of SingTel and Chairman of its Risk Committee. Mr Chin was previously the Managing Partner of KPMG Singapore.

He will be supported by two other non-executive and independent directors, Mrs Fang Ai Lian and Mr Low Check Kian. Mrs Fang is the Chairman of SingTel's Audit Committee and Mr Low is a Member of SingTel's Corporate Governance and Nominations Committee.

Ms Chua Sock Koong, Group CEO of SingTel, said: "We welcome the set-up of the BCOI. The views from leading experts will be helpful in learning from this episode, reinforcing our network resilience and enhancing our operational processes."

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