CPIB to get new director in Oct

Mr Wong Hong Kuan.

SINGAPORE - Following supervisory lapses leading to the $1.7-million fraud case involving a Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) officer, the current director of the bureau, Mr Eric Tan, will not have his term renewed when it ends on Sept 30.

Instead, CPIB will get a new director - Mr Wong Hong Kuan, the chief executive of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency - from October.

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said yesterday that an independent review panel reported that "supervisory lapses" in CPIB led to "deficiencies in financial controls and the loss of public funds". These resulted in the fraud charges against CPIB assistant director Edwin Yeo.

The lapses occurred during the terms of two CPIB directors: Mr Soh Kee Hean until September 2010, and Mr Tan. They had supervisory and command responsibilities over Yeo and his CPIB unit, said PMO.

Mr Soh and Mr Tan have been issued formal warning letters for their lapses.

To "maintain public trust and confidence in CPIB" and implement the review panel's recommendations, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong decided that Mr Wong would succeed Mr Tan, said PMO.

Still, it said Mr Tan made many contributions to CPIB, strengthened the organisation and handled major corruption cases. He will be redeployed to other duties where his "knowledge and experience will be valuable", PMO added.

 myp@sph.com.sg


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