Trust in public institutions set to dominate Monday's Parliament sitting

The issue of trust and confidence in public institutions will loom large over Monday's Parliament sitting, with 11 MPs tabling questions.

It comes after recent high profile prosecutions against senior civil servants, including an anti-corruption officer being charged in court a fortnight ago for allegedly siphoning $1.7 million between 2008 and last year.

The director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, Mr Eric Tan, will also be replaced when his term ends in September after supervisory lapses that led to the scandal.

Several procurement lapses were also uncovered in the public sector in the past year.

MPs Hri Kumar (Bishan-Toa Payoh GRC) and Zaqy Mohamed (Choa Chu Kang GRC) are asking how the Government plans to restore confidence, while Mr Ang Wei Neng (Jurong GRC) wants to know if it keeps track of the number of public servants who have annual entry passes to the two integrated resorts.

Workers' Party MP Pritam Singh (Aljunied GRC) is asking if the Government will consider a thorough one-off audit of all ministries and statutory boards in the light of the Auditor-General's remarks that procurement has been an area prone to lapses for the past six years and that annual audits are done selectively, and do not reveal all irregularities.

Other issues that MPs will raise include rising household debt and measures to ensure Singaporeans are given fair consideration in hiring practices.

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