Lapses detected after spot check on fund-raisers outside Waterloo Street temple

The Commissioner of Charities found that four donation boxes from a charity were left unsupervised and they were not secured to the booth, which put them at risk of being stolen.
The Commissioner of Charities found that four donation boxes from a charity were left unsupervised and they were not secured to the booth, which put them at risk of being stolen.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE - The charities watchdog received over 40 per cent fewer complaints about fund raisers seeking donations on the streets, after the Commissioner of Charities (COC) launched a set of comprehensive guidelines in March to bring about a more trustworthy and safer giving environment.

The Commissioner, Dr Ang Hak Seng, did not give the number of complaints received, but told The Straits Times that "ground sentiments" had improved since the launch of the Code of Conduct for Commercial Fund-Raisers.

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