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Controversies raged over whether Sim Ann should be disqualified

Posted by singaporege2011 on April 27, 2011

Despite the Election Department’s proclaimation that PAP candidate for Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Sim Ann is qualified to stand for the coming election and the Civil Service’s subsequent ‘clarification’ that she has left the service, the controversy continues to rage on in cyberspace.

When filing their nomination papers today at Greenridge Secondary School, the SDP team lodged an objection against Ms Sim Ann’s candidacy, claiming that she was still serving out her notice of resignation from the Civil Service and was technically still employed. Her job status in her nomination form listed her as unemployed and the SDP claimed this was a misrepresentation.

The Elections Department said it was not “apparent” from the nomination paper that Ms Sim Ann was still in the civil service. Hence, the objection was disallowed.

Under the Parliamentary Election Act (CAP 218),  the holder of a whole time office in the service of the Government such as a civil servant is automatically disqualified for standing in the election.

It was reported in the Straits Times on 23 March that Ms Sim was appointed principal private secretary-designate to Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew on March 7. (Source: Straits Times)

Ms Sim told reporters she had resigned from the Public Service Division on Mar 18 and her last day of work was April 3. So, she said, she was unemployed from April 4 onwards.

Under the Manpower Ministry’s guidelines, the party who intends to terminate the contract must give notice to the other party in writing. The notice period to be given depends on what is agreed in the written contract. If there is no written contract, the notice period to be given depends on what the parties have agreed upon verbally. (Source: MOM)

According to Ms Sim’s CV, she has worked in the civil service for the last 12 years. (Source: PAP). This means that she will have to give 4 weeks’ notice to her employer if no notice period is agreed in the written contract.

The Public Service Department should reveal the notice period in Ms Sim’s contract since the matter is one of intense public interest. If the notice period is longer than 40 days, then Ms Sim could technically still be under the employment of the Civil service on 27 April 2011.

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2 Responses to “Controversies raged over whether Sim Ann should be disqualified”

  1. iqbaldinho said

    So much for transparency in gahmen…

  2. iqbaldinho said

    Ptobably da lowest tenderer…cheep cheep

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