Two more senior Singapore Environment Council staff lose jobs, no reasons given

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Mr Gerard Christopher, former assistant executive director of the Singapore Environment Council (SEC), shaking hands with Mr Edwin Seah before the inquiry at the SEC office.
Mr Gerard Christopher, former assistant executive director of the Singapore Environment Council (SEC), shaking hands with Mr Edwin Seah before the inquiry at the SEC office. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - Two more senior staff members have been asked to leave the Singapore Environment Council (SEC), just days after its executive director Edwin Seah was terminated from duty.

The charity's assistant executive director, Mr Gerard Christopher, 43, and its communications director, Ms Shirley Chua, 45, were terminated from their duties on Friday morning (Nov 11), The Straits Times has learnt.

No reasons were given for their termination, which was effective immediately.

This comes after Mr Seah, 46, was told on Wednesday (Nov 9) that he was terminated from duty, even though he had been cleared of all charges related to his suspension.

The Straits Times understands he was told the SEC had not thought he was a good fit with the organisation.

Mr Seah had been told in October by SEC executive committee chairman Lam Joon Khoi that he was suspended from duty. Mr Seah said then that no reason was given for his suspension. A special panel was convened on Nov 2 to look into the reasons for his suspension.

The Straits Times understands that Mr Seah was suspended for not following standard operating procedure during an SEC event, and over suspicions that he was behind an anonymous e-mail that was sent to media organisations early this year.

He has since been cleared of those charges.

Staff at SEC cried after hearing the news of Mr Christopher's and Ms Chua's termination, including SEC executive Jeanette Choong, 25.

"I think it's ridiculous. They are good bosses who helped to develop (SEC's) programmes," she said.

Mr Christopher joined SEC in February last year, while Ms Chua has worked in SEC for close to three years.

The latest development follows a string of other high profile departures from the council. In April, former SEC eco-certification head Kavickumar Muruganathan, 27, left to join Asia Pulp and Paper. Former SEC chief executive Jose Raymond, 44, also joined Indonesian firm Asia Pulp and Paper in January, but left last month and has since set up his own public relations firm.