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Maruah raises questions over blogger's dismissal from hospital

Published on Jun 13, 2014 12:03 AM

SINGAPORE - Human rights group Maruah on Thursday expressed concern over how Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) fired blogger Roy Ngerng and the reasons it gave for doing so.

Maruah said that TTSH has a right to "haul up" employees who do not spend their time on the work they were hired to do, but asked if alternative approaches to dismissal such as suspending him without pay for a period of one week were considered.

It added that TTSH should clarify how much Mr Ngerng's work had actually suffered.

Maruah also said it was "gravely concerned" that TTSH had made its decision based on Mr Ngerng's apology for a blog post alleging that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had misappropriated Central Provident Fund monies, as a reflection of Mr Ngerng's lack of integrity .

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