A crony of the ruling party PAP won a S$100 million highway project in Changi but the construction collapsed and killed one foreign worker and injured 10 others.
The chairman and owner of the construction contractor OKP Holdings, Or Kim Peow, is a PAP grassroots leader in PAP Potong Pasir SMC, and he is also a recipient of several Public Service Award. Or Kim Peow’s three sons, Or Toh Wat, Or Kiam Meng and Or Lay Huat Daniel, sit as directors of OKP Holdings and themselves also PAP grassroots leaders in Potong Pasir SMC, Anchorvale Sengkang West SMC and Tampines SMC.
The other two directors were former PAP Minister of State for the propaganda ministry Ministry of Communications, Chen Seow Phun John, and Tan Boen Eng who was a senior civil servant at the Income Revenue Authority, Singapore Pools and Singapore Sports Council.
OKP Holdings won the highway viaduct construction at Upper Changi Road East for S$94.6 million – a whopping 27% lower than the closest bid of S$129.7 million by Yongnam Engineering. The other two bidders placed in bids more than doubled for the project at S$185 million by Singapore Piling and S$193.7 million by Samwoh Corp. It is hence likely that OKP Holdings won the project with insider information from the directors’ close links with the ruling party PAP dictatorship.
The highway viaduct project collapsed yesterday morning (July 14) at around 3.30am, killing a China national foreign worker and injuring 10 other foreign workers from Bangladesh, India and China. Two are still in the Intensive Care Unit but details of their injuries remain unknown.
Singapore is heavily affected by cronyism and legalised corruption, with members of the ruling party often getting lucrative government tenders. Another example is PAP MP Lee Bee Wah, whose construction company win construction tenders in her constituency.