Investigations into executive director's suspension still ongoing: Singapore Environment Council

The executive director of the Singapore Environment Council (SEC), Mr Edwin Seah, was suspended from duty on Oct 13, 2016.
The executive director of the Singapore Environment Council (SEC), Mr Edwin Seah, was suspended from duty on Oct 13, 2016.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The executive director of the Singapore Environment Council (SEC), Mr Edwin Seah, was suspended from duty last Thursday (Oct 13), and a committee of inquiry by the SEC to look into the reasons for his suspension was supposed to be held today (Oct 19).

But it is unclear if such a meeting took place.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, an SEC spokesman would only say that investigations are ongoing.

The spokesman also did not say why Mr Seah was suspended.

Mr Seah, 46, could not be reached for comment.

This is the latest development since Mr Seah was told last Thursday morning (Oct 13) that he was suspended from duty.

He had said then that that no reasons were given for his suspension.

Mr Seah, who was previously at the Singapore Tourism Board and Energy Market Authority, was nominated along with SEC former eco-certification head Kavickumar Muruganathan for The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year award last year (2015).

They were recognised for raising awareness about the link between the haze and unsustainable paper products.

Mr Seah's suspension is the latest in a string of personnel changes in the charity. In April, Mr Kavickumar, 27, left to join Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). Former chief executive Jose Raymond, 44, also joined APP in January but left in September and has since set up his own public relations firm.