SINGAPORE'S RESPONSE TO ALLEGED ILL TREATMENT OF EX-SMRT DRIVER

     (The following joint press release issued by Singapore's home affairs and 
manpower ministries was obtained from 
http://www.mom.gov.sg/newsroom/Pages/PressReleasesDetail.aspx?listid=497) 
Joint Response to Media Queries on Statements by NGOs/individuals and Former 
SMRT Driver He Junling 
29 April 2013 
1.The two statements repeat allegations the Government has already answered.
2.The drivers did not raise their complaints with the Police or the courts. He 
Junling in fact withdrew his allegation and then contradicted himself. 
Nevertheless the Police Internal Affairs Office investigated their claims and 
found them baseless. The Attorney General's Chambers concurred with these 
findings.
3.He Junling now repeats his claim that he had been ill-treated but again gives 
no details. Either he makes a police report and substantiates his allegation 
with evidence or the allegations must be regarded as unfounded and spurious. He 
cannot have it both ways – casting a smear without having to offer any proof.
4.The NGOs and individuals who issued the statement should have facilitated a 
proper investigation of He’s allegations, instead of hindering the 
investigation while continuing to cast aspersions on the integrity of the 
Police. 
5.The NGOs and individuals also continue to repeat their reckless allegations 
about our labour laws, unions, and the Ministry of Manpower without any basis. 
Our tripartite system could not have worked for more than 40 years now if it 
had been based on oppression of workers and suppression of labour rights.
6.In the guise of protecting vulnerable foreign workers, the NGOs and 
individuals have in fact exploited them for their own political ends.
 
 
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