HDB officer charged with breaching Official Secrets Act
A Housing Board (HDB) officer was charged in court yesterday with breaching the Official Secrets Act (OSA) by giving confidential information to a reporter from The Straits Times.
According to court documents, Ng Han Yuan, 25, who works as an estate manager in the resale operations section, had in his possession information relating to an HDB project titled Streamlining Of Resale Transactions.
Between May 31 and July 16, Ng is said to have communicated information on the project to ST journalist Janice Tai Jia Ling.
In a statement yesterday, the police said that the HDB alerted them to the case on July 27.
It added: "This was after HDB had received media queries from an ST reporter on a new initiative, the HDB Resale Portal.
"The queries had contained information on the initiative which had not been made public at that point in time.
"Police investigations revealed that in May 2017, the HDB officer had shared confidential information with the ST reporter on the new HDB resale portal."
The police said that in July, Ms Tai approached several parties with enquiries relating to the confidential information. For her actions, the police issued a stern warning to her.
They said: "The Government takes a serious view of the wrongful communication of confidential information, especially if the party involved is a public officer, and will not hesitate to take action."