MND suspends NPark officer for buying foldable bikes
Posted by temasektimes on July 25, 2012
The Ministry of National Development (MND) has suspended the National Parks Board (NParks) officer in charge of procuring the 26 S$2,200 foldable bicycles which sparked a massive public outcry lately.
Many netizens have lampooned the purchase as a sheer waste of public funds, but National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan had earlier defended the reasons for buying the bikes to ‘enhance’ work productivity as ‘valid.’
In a stunning U-turn, MND now said an internal audit ordered by Mr Khaw last month “uncovered some discrepancies which, although inconclusive by themselves, suggested the possibility of bias in the procurement”
“The audit team was tasked to review the purchase and to ascertain NParks’ justification and see if its procurement process could be improved. MND has decided that the discrepancies were significant and warrant further investigation,” the ministry said.