Keep tabs on those given grants and other state funds

The report on June 7 (Two ex-Spring staff jailed for cheating agency) makes it abundantly clear once again that robust IT infrastructure and software can easily be rendered ineffective by deliberate human acts of mischief.

Unfortunately, there are opportunists who view grants - such as those offered by Spring Singapore and the Info-communications Media Development Authority - as free money that they are entitled to help themselves to.

These grants are state funds and recipients, therefore, are accountable to taxpayers.

Recipients have to abide by the covenants, including any reporting obligations, under which they have been given the grants - for instance, by not conspiring to abuse the system to use grants applied under one entity for the benefit of another.

It behoves the authorities to conduct an audit of grants that have been disbursed to date, and ensure that recipients have been compliant and the system has not been subject to abuse or conspiracies to abuse.

Woon Wee Min

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2017, with the headline 'Keep tabs on those given grants and other state funds'. Print Edition | Subscribe