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Confidential information leaked by HDB officer in OSA case related to the HDB resale portal

The ST reporter's queries contained information that had not been made

Sulaiman Daud | November 10, 2017 @ 12:15 pm

Breaching the Official Secrets Act (OSA) is a serious offence, as an HDB officer found out today.

He is facing  a fine not exceeding $2,000, and imprisonment of a term not exceeding two years, if convicted for the offence of wrongfully communicating confidential information under the relevant section.

HDB officer charged with breaching OSA for revealing confidential information to ST reporter

Here’s a rundown of the case:

Who is involved

  • Ng Han Yuan, 25,  an estate manager from the resale operations section of the HDB
  • Janice Tai, a Straits Times reporter

What happened

HDB reported a suspected leak of confidential information to the police on July 27 after it received queries from the ST reporter on an upcoming new initiative, the HDB Resale Portal.

The police said:

“The queries had contained information on the initiative which had not been made public at that point in time.”

The ST reporter, identified as Janice Tai, had received information from Ng relating to a project titled “Streamlining of Resale Transactions” in May 2017.

After this she approached several parties, asking questions related to the confidential information that Ng had told her.

What’s next

Ng told the court that he intends to plead guilty and will not be hiring a lawyer. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Dec. 15.

H/T Today Online.

 

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About Sulaiman Daud

Sulaiman believes that we can be heroes, if just for one day. His favourite Doctor is Peter Capaldi's Twelve, although he is falling in love with Jodie Whittaker's Thirteen. He also writes about film and pop-culture, which you are very welcome to read here.

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