Govt taking disciplinary action against officers for prison inmate death
Authorities 'take serious view of lapses, neglect or misconduct by prison staff'
Disciplinary action against the superintendent, supervisors and other officers involved in the death of a prison inmate in 2010 have begun, Second Minister for Home Affairs S. Iswaran told Parliament yesterday.
The authorities take a serious view of professional misconduct, procedural lapses, neglect or excess of duty by prison commanders and officers, and will take firm action against them, he said.
"This is important in maintaining public confidence in the institutions, and also in the people who continue to serve in them," the minister said.
Pointing to confusion over what exactly happened in the 2010 incident, several members of the House such as Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied GRC) later rose to press for more transparency, including making the findings from a Commission of Inquiry (COI) public.