Collapsed highway contractor owned by grassroots leaders

Or Kim Peow Contractor is the firm responsible for building the highway along Upper Changi Rd, but what’s interesting is, it is owned by OKP Holdings Pte Ltd, whose Chairman and Directors are grassroots leaders!

Chairman Or Kim Peow is in Potong Pasir CCC and was awarded Public Service Awards a few times before. His 3 sons are Directors of the company (surprise surprise!) and were similarly awarded for their contributions to public service. Or Toh Wat is the Group Managing Director and chairs Potong Pasir CC’s Management Committee. Another son, Or Kiam Meng, is the Executive Director and Patron of Anchorvale CC’s Management Committee. The third son, Or Lay Huat, is a member of Tampines GRC, the First Vice Chairman of Tampines West CCC, and a Treasurer of the School Advisory Committee at East View Primary School.

And that’s not all ok! Other directors of the company also held senior positions in the public sector. Chen Seow Phun was an MP from 1988 to 2006. He served as Minister of State for Communications, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, and Minister of State for National Development. He was Board member with the HDB, EDB, Port of Singapore and Singapore Power Ltd. Another director, Tan Boen Eng, also held senior positions at IRA, Singapore Pools and was a member of the Singapore Sports Council.

Whoa don’t play play, all big shots sia. How come so many big shots but still cannot ensure safety precautions, still kena fined, still got lapse? What are they going to do about it now that they kena so many accidents? Eh pls la, make sure you run your company properly first before boasting about your involvement in “serving the community”!

#AnyoneCanBeGrassrootsLeader

 

Jason

 

 

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40 Responses to “Collapsed highway contractor owned by grassroots leaders”

  • Trust only myself:

    That’s the problem.
    All big shots and with connections so penalties likely to be peanuts and also can afford to pay, what is one life to them…..?

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  • Another omen:

    The collapse must be an omen. PAP collapse is in the cards.

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  • Protest Against Power-abuser:

    Whoa! So many in the family were recipients of public service awards, huh? Bet their Oh Kay Poh company must be doing this highway contract for free too.

    Come, let’s clap for them. They’re serving the community, not serving their pockets (wha……hahahaha! Sorry, can’t hold my laughter).

    Akan datang, another award for this family’s company on the way, PAP?

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  • Bapak:

    No wonder with bad record still can get jobs.

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  • The Rot Start From The Top:

    Ownself awarded contract to ownself Kaki Lan company is highly suspicious of improper practices. Because the contractor is Kaki Lan, very little or even zero monitoring of activities of the contractor is carried out. This collapse of the structure, speaks volume of the improprieties. The hoo haa from the public will just be temporary, and is expected to be swept under the carpet. It was reported that this is not the first time such incident happened to this company, but yet this company can still be rewarded with more contract. Isn’t it fishy?

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  • PAP.SURE.WIN:

    Jason :
    How come so many big shots but still cannot ensure safety precautions,
    still kena fined, still got lapse?

    PAP.SURE.WIN :
    Dear Jason,
    No one human is perfect.

    Can you prove to me you are perfect ?

    Why are you guys picking on PAP volunteers who are not whiners,
    and who truly walk the ground and give back to society ?

    Oppositions are truly whiners who hide behind monikers whining and whining
    online all long day and contribute nothing.

    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    Majullah S$1 to RM 3.09 and PAP to Eternality

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  • Unbelievable:

    This is the greatest kelong in sinkieland!

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  • sex for public contracts:

    Other than some mega projects beyond that capability of local contractors, all public works and contracts (tax payers’ paid) are almost invariably awarded to PAP grasslooters and cronies.

    If only you could truly scrutinize the tender process and you would realize how suspicious and non-transparent many are.

    Remember some of those sex for public contracts? How were they possible if they were transparent?

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  • Not A Good Sign!:

    Such ‘collapses’ are rare in our construction history!

    Chairman of CCCs or PBM holders does not mean they are certified ‘Angels’ and be treated as ‘special breed’!

    Relevant agencies must look into both incomplete and completed projects of OKP to ensure the safety of the public.

    Lives is at stake!

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  • Another paper general:

    Ng Chee Meng: “We’ll find out root cause of PIE accident to prevent future incidents.”

    Ex-general Ng Chee Meng should have first checked what was learned from the Nicoll Highway disaster before opening his mouth.

    Military intelligence is indeed an oxymoron. Another useless paper general.

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  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    Cheaper, Faster & Better????? cut cost and maintenance and to HELL with safety & life, it is CHEAP lah!!!

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  • Another Conflict of Interest?:

    Gahment must do mustering to ensure that there are ‘no conflict of interest’ of those holding key appointments in Citizen Consultative Committees or Residents’ Committees.

    Quite often, we see key personnel in CCCs and RCs awarded business contracts in their respective constituencies.

    Auditor General Office must monitor; the same way they audit Ministries and Stats Boards and single out foul play.

    Let’s be transparent please!

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  • BUDDYISM & CRONYISM:

    How come all the business talents seem to come from PAP grass-roots? PAP grass-roots must be fertile breeding ground for business talents. I’d better jump on the the grass-roots wagon!

    let’s share this good news to spread the opportunity.

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  • In Korea:

    In Korea, accidents like these will mean the CEO’s head.

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  • BuyMeBakKutTeh:

    Oi 70% stupid voters… dun vote for your own death!

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  • Cheap is not good:

    No quality nowdays…
    Want cheap cheap, fast fast.
    So this is the result.
    Pity the dead prc guy n injured workers…
    The ppl responsible should be suspended for a few years or lose their job.
    a guy paid with his life for the incompetence of his bosses.

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  • LIONS:

    EACH TIME,these bugger$ talk loudly about CSR – CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY,I cant stop laughing.

    rather, i shake my head.

    firstly,they dont even possess integrity?

    all they treasure is MONEY>

    AND,TITLES?

    SAME FOR GAHMEN/SCHOLAR4,same for these bugger$.period.

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  • LTA CEO - A Army General?:

    No wonder?

    Too many GENERALS spoil the broth!

    Maybe a Warrant Officer can do a better job!

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  • N.Jungne:

    Vote Them All Out, do not let this to happen again and and again.

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  • Downhill:

    Truly served citizens, or these grassroot leaders are milking the system through connections & favors. If the latter, this cancer will spread fast and wide, and ensure Singapore will go downhill & sink. When Ho Jinx can be Tummysick boss, it set the worst example possible.

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  • you paid for their pinggats:

    Protest Against Power-abuser:
    Whoa! So many in the family were recipients of public service awards, huh?

    Didn’t you know that everything in SG can be bought and are bought?

    Even incorruptibility are bought. With the highest tax payers’ paid Civil Servant salaries in the world.

    Pinggats? They are bought with tax payers’ money. Win contract, donate and voila, ND honors and pinggats! And more contracts on the way.

    Only that you and I paid for their pinggats.

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  • Nizhemoshou:

    This is the result of contractors hiring cheap unskilled labour esp from Indian subcontinent and then leaving their foreman to brief the foreign workers at the worksite on what to do for the day. After the briefing, the foreman would leave presumably to attend to other work projects elsewhere, leaving the foreign workers to do their job with little or no supervision for the rest of the day. Therefore , not surprised if work standards n quality are compromised and mishaps occured at worksites.

    Jus to give an eg of what could happen if inexperienced unskilled workers are unsupervised. Some years back, my relative’s neighbor was very upset n angry with the contractor doing repairs to the external wall of their Apartment block which was affected by water seepage on rainy days. This was bcos the contractor’s Bangla Dash workers have knocked the section of the external wall below the window of his flat until it caused a large gaping hole. Luckily for the neighbor, he was home n told the workers to stop as they were still hammering away at the wall. The foreign workers were simply clueless n the foreman shouldnt assume they understood his instructions n left them unsupervised..

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  • MarBowling:

    2 weeks ago while driving pass the area towards the Expo with my family on a working day in the morning, I passed some remarks to my family about one “Y” structure NOT IN CORRECT POSITION Macham like SLANTING towards one side. I was telling them hopefully NOTHING would happen! HoLee shits. It shouldn’t has happened, BUT it has! Btw I am NOT JOKING! I did drive pass there and was saying to myself, hopefully it’s NOT “TOP BEAM NOT STRAIGHT, BOTTOM BEAM SURE GOES SLANTING”!

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  • PAP has the mandate:

    Work Health Safety in Stinkapore is only for Wayang only unless it is enforced and jailed the CEO or the owner of those companies who are found guilty…In fact nothing in Stinkapore is enforced…PAP like to wayang and talk big big but got nothing to show…..hahahhaaha. The reason is very clear why PAP does not enforced….relations to PAP is above all laws..HAHHAHHA

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  • Joe Wong:

    Ask any Singaporeans and they will probably tell you that this company should be banned from tendering for new projects.

    If there is another death on the worksite of a new project of this company, it will not look very nice.

    There will certainly be a lot of questions asked.

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  • The "spin" has started:

    Christopher Tan, Senior Transport correspondent Straits times: “Human error looms large as possible cause of work site collapse near PIE.”

    The above is another stupid statement (and “spin”) from ST. It is always human error. ST “spin” wants to isolate this case from the earlier Nicoll Highway disaster.

    The REAL human error was made highly paid bureaucrats and PAP politicians for not learning the lessons from the earlier disaster. It was the same problem – a collapse of formwork during construction. No excuses. Construction in Singapore is regulated to ensure safety. It failed again big-time.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Bapak:
    No wonder with bad record still can get jobs.

    That’s the value of having PPM, PBM or whatever M and PAP’s member card!!

    Talking about “Supervision”. Remember a cleaner, in one TC, is also the supervisor? ESM Goh’s doctrine; “Ownself checks Ownself”!!!.

    BTW, where is Minister Khaw again? Hara kiri already?

    @Minister Khaw, we are only joking, apologise and bow will do, no need hara kiri lah!!

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  • C'est la vie:

    *****
    I wonder, just how much longer will Singaporeans accept that “freedom of information” which is constituitional in most first, transparent and democratic societies, is denied to them.

    In addition to this, that most of the “real” wealth in SG is concentrated amongst a small group of elites, owing to their links/ties directly to the PAP/Lee family.

    FOI is an extension of freedom of speech, a fundamental human right recognised in international law, and again SG stands out here in its deliberate/managed “ignorance/adherence” to it !!!

    With such cronyism, it’s little wonder that corruption takes a back seat !!!
    ***
    *****

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  • The Rots Had Started From The:

    The authority and its Minister must clearify why OKP was still qualified to tender and awarded contracts despite having bad record of previous similar incidents. Unless the matter is made transparent, there must be wrongdoings in awarding the contract to the company who most of the family folks are high grassroot members. No explainaition means guilty conscious.

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    OKP Contractors & PA GRO (Grassroots Organization) are just part of the CRONY ECONOMY system devised by the PAP. Orginally, the PA GRO was a HDB affiliated initiative to ingrain HDB dwellers into the PAP political equation. Many members of the early GRO were indeed HDB dwellers who got involved for various reasons but the biggest reason was for the 2 bites of the HDB cherry. In the first 2 to 3 decades of the GRO movement, many of the position holders of GRO were HDB dwellers – they served simply for the reason of getting choice HDB flats [good locations; high floor] & for the fringe benefits like free HDB car park discs allocated to key GRO holders.
    But over time, as the 2 bites of the HDB cherry had exhausted & the GRO members upgraded to private condo housing, those HDB dwellers exited the GRO movement because there wasn’t any more ‘good’ incentives to serve.
    In their place, came the Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi & Lexus driving/landed property living replacements. Those can be sorted out into 3 broad categories;
    1. Professionals (PMETs) looking for welfarism;
    2. Small business owners/service providers looking for business “lobang”; &
    3. Contractors, conservancy contractors & manpower supplier looking to ingrain themselves with MPs/Ward Ministers.
    THE PROFESSIONALS
    Some of the GRO members are ‘incompetent’ PMETs who double up/dabble in grassroots work to get cushy positions in GLCs. The higher the professionals go in the GRO, the easier they could get better jobs with GLCs. The system provides a welfare service to the Grassroots people. And this is one of the Political Economy at work.
    THE PRICE: After work hours; Saturday & Sunday ‘burned’ serving in Grassroot activities. After work hours – helping out in meet-the-MP sessions & attend meetings; Saturday/Sunday – Grassroot activities & near-GE time, walkabouts with the MP/Ward Minister.
    2. SMALL BUSINESS OWNER/SERVICE PROVIDER
    Small business owner or Service provider joined grassroot movement for business opportunity. Simply because work/contracts below a certain size need not have to call for tender – they are simply assigned. Guess who gets the job everytime? Remember the Distribution of flyers by PAP activists in Aljunied GRC? Who printed those flyers?
    - Cont’d -

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  • Kenneth Jeyaretnam is right:

    Ken Jeyaretnam is right; the Contractors make millions of dollars but stinge on overheads n medical care and accident cover for their workers; at ccc or pa functions you can find them rubbing shoulders with Mp n ministers in order to gain lucrative contracts; these people live in luxury homes and own strings of apts for their china mistresses;
    Their problems is how and what to do with their money; they spend thousands of dollars in lounges like lido on beautiful china mistresses which many of us can only dream about;
    Every other yr they change their Mercedes or BMW cars; when their workers are paralysed or get killed or cannot work these Contractors depend on goodwill n misplaced kindness of sporeans with bleeding hearts to contribute ; their employers the big time Contractors have in meantime pocketed all the money

    Dear fellow sporeans n tr readers donot be fools n bail them out ; let them take better care of their workers fr their excess money

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    - Cont’d -
    3. CONTRACTORS, CONSERVANCE CONTRACTORS & MANPOWER SUPPLIER
    This is the biggest of them all. As the HDB dwellers receded from the GRO, contractors in all forms in their Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi & Lexus drove into the grassroots to replace them.
    The Prize: big bites of HDB contracts; tenders & so forth. In the US, the system works differently; Lobbyists engaged by Corporations do their bidding/provide donations to Congressmen. In S’pore, the Lobbyist system work in reverse; the Corporations do grassroot works in return for favours within the PAP tender/contract system. How the favours are dispensed, I don’t know but I know it works because numerous Contractors have PBE, grassroot leader awards, etc.
    The grassroots game is well-known among the players. Many wannabe grassroots start at the easiest constituency ie. those that are under a lowly MP. Many worked hard to catch the attention of the grassroot leaders in other constituency especially those under a Ward-Minister. They try to get invited to join constituency which is under a PAP Minister because it is the most prestigious. Why? Perhaps the favours get progressively larger as a grassroot member progress up the chain of command. What do you think?
    If one cross-reference listed Construction companies/REITs/Property developers with Grassroots organization lists; ie PBE, grassroot position holder, one gets the impression that the management/ board of directors – some have dual relationship between the two. It is not a coincidence! – it is the CRONY ECONOMY/POLITICAL ECONOMY AT PLAY HERE!

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  • my $8 heart bypass:

    The scapegoat will be the poor guy on the ground, but where does the buck stop ?
    The Directors should be hauled to Court and thrown into prison, but that’s asking for the impossible, what with the PAPIGS motto of Ownself Protect Ownself.

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  • Comments NOT allowed:

    The "spin" has started:
    Christopher Tan, Senior Transport correspondent Straits times: “Human error looms large as possible cause of work site collapse near PIE.”

    The above is another stupid statement (and “spin”) from ST. It is always human error. ST “spin” wants to isolate this case from the earlier Nicoll Highway disaster.

    The REAL human error was made highly paid bureaucrats and PAP politicians for not learning the lessons from the earlier disaster. It was the same problem – a collapse of formwork during construction. No excuses. Construction in Singapore is regulated to ensure safety. It failed again big-time.

    Correct. And ST does not allow the public to post comments on this on the ST website so its “spin” will not be spoiled by the TRUTH.

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  • Why it happened AGAIN:

    There was a Commission of Inquiry (COI) for the Nicoll Highway disaster. Why not have another one for this? The objective for this COI is not to find out why it happened but instead WHY IT HAPPENED AGAIN.

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  • U die your bizness:

    you paid for their pinggats: Didn’t you know that everything in SG can be bought and are bought?

    Even incorruptibility are bought. With the highest tax payers’ paid Civil Servant salaries in the world.

    Pinggats? They are bought with tax payers’ money. Win contract, donate and voila, ND honors and pinggats! And more contracts on the way.

    Only that you and I paid for their pinggats.

    What is pinggarts? Do u mean pangkats (titles)?
    Just enq…no offence :)

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  • Bobo:

    Ownself check ownself is right. They have checked and find no errs in whatever they do, did and done, but only karma they can’t check. Karma is a reflection of ones evils and it knows when to summon without trial.

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  • What's the taste of sperm?:

    Not just 1 but 4 PAP grassroots leaders involved ???

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  • What's the taste of sperm?:

    In other words , Singapore has no CRONYISM lah and under the RULE OF LAW is CRONYISM illegal or legal?

    I still waiting for answers as to what is the taste of sperm?

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  • rukidding:

    Looks like another “revelation” by GOD’s “creation” !

    Looks like there will soon be another “wayang discussion” in Pailanment.

    Ownself “discuss”, ownself “exxonerate” again .

    As usual……standard Sop practiced by Pimps and prostitute ( P.a.p.) !

    Nothing New !

    Unfortunately…too late liow as the “voting system” has been “hacked and infected”.

    The 30% Opposing are “already over runned” by New Sillyzeans !

    Only way to “wake up or shake up ” is another Financial Crisis or kenna “kar chiow”( disturbed) by some Serious Bird flu or another “Mas Selamat” like incident !

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