In the latest Auditor-General Office’s (AGO) report released today (July 26), multiple severe weakness on governance and financial control about the Singapore government is revealed. After auditing the government financial statements, statutory boards and government funds.
No corruption charges were filed despite the seriousness of the report. None of the former or current Minister in-charge of the affected ministries spoke up about the serious lapses.
HDB did not check reports of commercial carpark operators
The AGO found that the Housing Development Board (HDB) did not check the reports of the carpark system, and that resulted in an undisclosed amount of losses from car owners who evaded payments by manipulating the car park system.
Minister of National Development Lawrence is not available for comments.
Manpower Ministry wasted S$432,407 on incompatible IT system
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) wasted S$432,407 of taxes purchasing an incompatible IT system and leaving it untouched for 1.5 years. In 2014, the MOM approved the purchase of the Document Generator System (DGS) for the Foreign Domestic Worker System without first checking the compatibility. The AGO found that MOM did not do its due diligence prior to the purchase and hence resulted in the wastage.
Former Minister of Manpower Tan Chuan Jin and current MOM Minister Lim Swee Say are not available for comments and he pushed his ministry to answer to the AGO. Below is quoted from the AGO’s report:
“The evaluation should have been “more robust” and that it could have taken more active steps to explore the redeployment of DGS assets to other Government agencies. It (MOM) is currently exploring the redeployment of the assets within MOM.”
Singapore Police Force approved unauthorised payment
The Deputy Commissioner of the Singapore Police Force and Permanent Secretary of Home affairs who approved an S$0.80/hr increase for Volunteer Special Constabulary officers in 2008, are not authorised to approve the increase.
Minister of Home Affairs K Shanmugam is not available for comments.
Land Transport Authority under-collected an estimated S$13.93 million in toll charges for FY2014/2015
The Minister of Transport Khaw Boon Wan is not available for comments.
Conflict of interests found in Nanyang Polytechnic and its transactions with its subsidiary Nanyang Polytechnic International
Nanyang Polytechnic gave hidden subsidies and excess funds of S$8.38 million to its subsidiary. The AGO said the school’s practices reflect a “disregard for financial controls and proper governance”.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) do not monitor scholarship bonds for foreign students
MOE did not maintain adequate oversight on the monitoring and enforcement of scholarship bonds amounting to S$36.52 million. NTU and NUS were also found to not monitor and recover outstanding education loans amounting to S$228.04 million, relying instead on outsourced agents.
The two Education Ministers Ng Chee Meng and Ong Ye Kung are unavailable for comments.
National Art Council paid S$410,000 in consultation fee alone for a S$470,000 bin centre
The Minister of Social and Family Development Tan Chuan Jin is not available for comments.