Saturday, March 21, 2009

CDC Bonus

Northwest CDC mayor says PA, WDA decide on staff pay, bonuses
By Satish Cheney, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 14 March 2009 2049 hrs

SINGAPORE: An online outcry has broken out over rumours that two staff from
the Northwest Community Development Council (CDC) received bonuses of eight
months last year, including the 13th month bonus.

When asked about the matter at an event for needy families on Saturday,
Northwest CDC's mayor, Dr Teo Ho Pin, said bonuses and salaries of CDC staff
are decided by the People's Association (PA) and, in the case of officers,
the Workforce Development Agency (WDA).

He explained that this is because all CDC staff are seconded from the PA and

"I want to clarify that the mayors do not decide on the salaries, the
increments, the bonuses of all our staff at the CDC. ...

"The mayors are political appointment holders. We chair the CDC to spearhead
the CDC, to build a social safety net and help the people. That is our job.
If you ask me, I do not know the salaries; I do not know the bonuses of all
my staff," Dr Teo said.
The mayor added that a lot depends on staff performance when it comes to
bonuses. ...

"Of course, the staff performance will be like a bell curve. Some would be
top performers, some would be very poor performers. The bulk - maybe average
performers. This is quite normal in every organisation.

"In the private sector, it's the same thing. The top performer of the
company will normally get better bonuses as compared to the poor
performers," said Dr Teo.

Friday, March 20, 2009

The Simple Truth?

March 14, 2009
Ex-cabby confined to IMH

A FORMER cabby who allegedly torched a Member of Parliament will continue to be remanded at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).

Based on medical reports from an IMH doctor that Ong Kah Chua was of unsound mind and unfit to enter a plea, the court yesterday ordered the 70-year-old to be confined at the institute.

District Judge Jasbendar Kaur said the court would report Ong's case to the Minister of Home Affairs, who will then decide how long the accused will continue to be confined.

The minister will base his judgment on continuing reports from doctors.

Ong had allegedly set the MP for Yio Chu Kang, Mr Seng Han Thong, aflame during a community event earlier this year. Mr Seng, 59, suffered 15 per cent burns over his body, and had to be warded in hospital for almost a month as well as undergo several skin grafts.

Ong was also accused of setting Chu Sheng Temple chairman Aw Chui Seng, 69, on fire at the same event.

In court yesterday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Eugene Lee applied for the accused to be remanded in a mental hospital pending the minister's order after having earlier submitted a report from IMH's Dr Jerome Goh.

The doctor had diagnosed Ong as suffering from 'delusional disorder of a persecutory type' - in short, he feels that everyone is out to get him.

In court, Ong, who had his hands cuffed behind his back, asked - through a Mandarin interpreter - why he could not plead guilty.

The court explained that it was because of what was stated in the medical report. He then retorted that there was no basis for the report.