Government declines to further investigate improper payments made by MOH amounting to $4.08 million

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Senior Minister of State for Law and Finance Indranee Rajah extinguished talk of further investigation into improper payments made by the Ministry of Health (MOH) amounting to S$4.08 million, in Parliament yesterday.

The Auditor-General’s Office (AGO) had flagged MOH for spending S$4.08 million dollars on “supervisory staff” for the construction of Ng Teng Fong Hospital without verifying the need or reasonableness for this expenditure, in July. MOH also did not seek appropriate approval from its approval authority for this expenditure.

Acknowledging that the audit can trigger a forensic investigation, if there is reason to do so, the Minister stated that there will not be a forensic probe into this case since proper procedures were in place and the lapses were due to human error.

Rajah was responding to Workers’ Party Member of Parliament, Png Eng Huat, who had questioned whether government agencies found to have lapses will be instructed by the AGO to investigate improper payments and recover the money.

Png also questioned the basis upon which the MOH had concluded that there fraud was not committed, despite the lapses discovered by the AGO.

Rajah asserted that the rules and processes instated at the MOH are adequate but were just not complied with. She also made a jibe at Png’s expense, that he “may have misunderstood the nature of an audit.”

The Minister was perhaps alluding to the lawsuit the only opposition party in Parliament was recently slapped with, over improper payments and town council governance lapses discovered in an audit.

Rajah further elaborated that the AGO selects samples from the accounts to determine if  the system as a whole is robust. She added:

“And if it picks up a point that the system in itself has got inefficiencies or deficiencies, it will highlight it.”

Interestingly, the improper payments amounting to S$4.08 was not the only thing the AGO flagged in its report in July.

MOH’s payment of another S$30.09 million to hospital contractors made for contract variations was also marked by the AGO in the same audit report, for being inadequately scrutinised by the appropriate authorities.

It had been revealed that the agent employed by MOH had not complied by the Ministry’s requirements that payments under S$80,000 be approved by two signatories and that payments over S$80,000 be approved by three signatories when the agent sought approval by only one staff.

The AGO said, “The lack of required level of checks increased the risk of fraud. The fact that MOH was not aware of the agent’s non-compliance indicated that it did not exercise adequate oversight on the agent.”

The AGO also faulted MOH for irregularities in managing 40 variation works in 10 other projects. Again, approval for these works was not sought from the appropriate authorities and in many instances, work commenced before formal approval was given. The variation works amount to S$3.76 million.

Besides this, the Ministry was flagged for wrongful payments made under the ElderCare Fund which is meant for subsiding nursing homes run by Voluntary Welfare Organisations. MOH had overpaid S$48,000 to two service providers and underpaid two other service providers by S$12,300.

AGO flags Health Ministry for financial discrepancies amounting to millions of dollars

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81 comments

  1. Alex Lim says:

    This woman is smart but definitely not liked by most Singaporean. Eat too much papaya. Young time sure know how to hold his papa tat y now very yaya. Papaya face.

  2. Johnny Ang says:

    It seem that she dont need to explain better seen its taxpayers money. She forget that we are paying her salary. Just wonder how many others are doing the same

  3. The government owes the public a duty to ensure full accountability of public funds and that mismanagement is rectified with followup disciplinary actions on those involved. A good leader must continue to win public trust and confidence without doubt and take necedsary follow up action to recover all public funds and take necessary disciplinary action on senior managemt for mismanagement.

  4. Financial acumen is one clear discipline she does not hold truth ! $4M…$30M…are big $$ ! So what MOH has adequate process which wasnt followed. The process is BROKEN thats why $M leaks ! I am damn sad that such intelligence are wasted by NOT humbly admitting and sealing the BROKEN PROCESS !

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    James Bong ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Blatant liars of pap practising double standards – many of these pappies claimed to be Christians some more. May God judge them with eternal hellfire for their sins. Even Jesus Christ is ashamed of them!!

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    rlsh2017 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Correcto. PAP Town Councils lost more than $10mil in 2008 Lehman collapse. These white termites start chanting at Hougang TC now. Pot Screaming At Kettle Black!. These white termites should point fingers at themselves!

  7. Des Boon says:

    Instance rajah could have simply put it as rules and policies are made meant to be broken so we can improve.
    What is this denial about breaking the rules and trying to bandage it with words of such effect of non compliance. What next time not competent??? She is already loosing the plot. The more these people wearing white speak they more they look like Pinocchio.

  8. Alex Lim says:

    If you did no wrong, u will provide proof to prove you are innocent.
    If you are in the wrong, you will give excuses and try to beat around the bush with no answer.
    Why? Because the truth is you are wrong which you cannot prove else will be in trouble

  9. Jeff Heng says:

    Basically this bunch of brainless white can change any words meaning to their liking!!!
    Only their supporter still choose to be stupidly believe in them. Choose what they want to believe instead of what they need to believe. Sad thing….

  10. On the contrary, Indranee didn’t get it about public accountability. Here is an excerpt from AGO document “The Government has the power to manage and use large sums of public funds collected in the form of taxes, fees and other receipts. In a parliamentary democracy like Singapore’s, this power is given to the Government by Parliament which is elected by the citizens. The Government is thus accountable to the citizens through Parliament for the manner in which it manages and uses the public funds.”

  11. Imagine if the gov should carry its integrity all by book …. how many pap ministers would have being sacked by now including the PM and president ?Politic has always being a dirty game but to such an extend that the people of the nation started to sense something isn’t right , the gov has failed badly

  12. It is a good day to die ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Big contract amendments can be used to facilitate fraud and corruption. This is a known fact.

  13. It is a good day to die ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    And why so many variation orders?! There should have been a proper investigation. The government owes us a detailed explanation.

  14. Every years the audit revealed so many lapses among the ministry and its was not mentioned or tell the peoples what government do about it, how it happened and what actions taken to recovered back.

    1. What is there to recoverwhat is there to recover. Everything here belongs to them it is only from one pocket to another pocket to another pocket. Even our hard earn money belong to them.

    2. Sorry but something that I don’t understand. People can come to places like this to rant about issues but didn’t spend time educating their fellow 99% of Singaporeans (based on the current parliamentary representation) about the facts of our current political affairs.

      This is simply perplexing.

  15. It is a good day to die ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    1 signed instead of the mandatory 3 for the sum of 30,090,000. NO INVESTIGATION?! WTH?

    “MOH’s payment of another S$30.09 million to hospital contractors made for contract variations was also marked by the AGO in the same audit report, for being inadequately scrutinised by the appropriate authorities.

    It had been revealed that the agent employed by MOH had not complied by the Ministry’s requirements that payments under S$80,000 be approved by two signatories and that payments over S$80,000 be approved by three signatories when the agent sought approval by only one staff.”

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    rlsh2017 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Like that more opportunity for these white termites to tailor bigger pockets for themselves!

  17. Xlent Low says:

    Right now those in whites are no longer anyone with brains. They just deny or refuse to respond in the right manner. If more singaporean can open they eyes and see, open their mind and accept the fact those whites are no longer working hard to us, instead it’s all for themselves. Then perhaps we can have a better life in future. Perhaps.

  18. Ace Chew says:

    If this $4.08million is her own money, see if she will just let go or not??!!! Ah gong money is our blood money, you bloody moron foul mouth good for nothing CB!!!

  19. What really pissed me is these Pappies always feel that they can do no wrongs and when they made a mistake it’s always unintentional or a genuine mistake. If it’s Oppies’ mistake it’s always with dubious intention.

    1. You cannot sue unless you are one of their ownself. They have ownself praise, defend, protect, etc ownself. They are saints. They don’t need to say sorry and apologise. In their eyes they only have ownself to look upon.

      It is also foolish that we gave these ownselves too high percentage mandated votes. That makes these ownselves head become big and bigger

    2. Heng Pang says:

      It’s high time for citizens to crowd fund and start class actions against the dictator regime. Situations had gone far out of control and more hanky panky business are coming up in full gear. Vote them out and save democracy.


  20. *****
    Mai siao siao Minister Indranee is a Senior Counsel like our Law Minister; no need forensic investigation already can determine no fraud but human error. Machiam she got God’s Eye.
    Maybe everyone in NEW PAP got special ability like “He’s (not) my brother”.
    http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/pa-probe-finds-no-dishonesty-but-action-taken-over-ccc-lapses
    {….People’s Association (PA) said it had completed its own investigation …. found no evidence of dishonesty….The AGO had found seven instances in which the CCC chairman had approved his own claims totalling $114,767, and there were no supporting documents for three of the payments.}

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