Contractor OKP of collapsed viaduct at Changi linked to PA grassroots

It was reported that early Friday morning (14 Jul) at about 3.35am, a viaduct still under construction at Upper Changi Road East collapsed, killing 1 worker and injuring 10 others. The viaduct when completed, will connect TPE to PIE at Upper Changi Road East.In a statement shortly after the collapse, LTA said, “LTA has also begun safety investigations into the cause of the accident in order to see if there are any lapses or gaps we need to address urgently.”

According to LTA, the contractor was carrying out works to cast the decking for the viaduct when it collapsed. Preliminary investigations indicated that the elements supporting the pre-cast beams had given way, it said.

The $94.6 million viaduct construction project went to OKP

The contractor for the viaduct construction is Kim Peow Contractors Pte Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of public listed company, OKP Holdings Limited. LTA awarded the project worth S$94,627,000 to OKP in Nov 2015. It is expected to be completed in 2 to 3 years’ time.

When the contract was awarded to OKP, the company announced, “None of the Directors has any interest, direct or indirect, in the Contract. As far as the Directors are aware, none of the controlling shareholders of the Company has any interest, direct or indirect, in the Contract.”

At the time, its Group Managing Director, Mr Or Toh Wat remarked, “We are glad to have secured this contract from LTA, a valued client, which reflects the confidence in OKP’s extensive competence in infrastructure and civil engineering projects.”

“We believe that our sound experience in design-and build projects has helped us clinch this contract. We were involved in the design-and-build projects for the interchange at TPE/Sengkang West Road/Seletar Aerospace Way and the expansion of the Central Expressway/TPE/Seletar Expressway Interchange, which were completed this year (2015). We are also are currently executing another design-and-build project for the widening of Tanah Merah Coast Road,” Mr Or added.

“We remain committed to enhancing our core competencies and building on our proven track record. This will increase market confidence in our capabilities.”

OKP was fined and blacklisted before

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, LTA said that works at all LTA road and rail construction sites will observe a safety timeout today. It later clarified that the safety timeout is not a stop-work order, but a “review of work processes related to safety”.

LTA also said that it has directed the professional engineers responsible for the project to carry out detailed investigations into the design and construction quality of the viaduct structures.

It’s not known if LTA would also be looking into the design and construction quality of OKP’s other ongoing as well as completed road projects.

According to the media, OKP has been convicted and fined over safety lapses before. At its work site under the Yio Chu Kang Flyover in 2015, one worker died and three suffered fractures after they fell to the ground when a platform they were working on gave way.

In that incident, MOM said it was “a clear case of a company that does not take workplace safety seriously”.

As of Jul 3, OKP had 25 demerit points and was blacklisted from Jan to Apr this year, according to information from MOM’s website.

OKP run by Or family members linked to PA grassroots

OKP describes itself as “a leading infrastructure and civil engineering group in Singapore”. It specialises in constructing airport runways and taxiways, expressways and flyovers as well as maintenance works for roads.

Its clients include the LTA, HDB, JTC, National Parks Board, PUB, URA, Changi Airport Group and etc. In recent years, it has also expanded its business into property developments.

According to its annual report, OKP was founded by Or Kim Peow in 1966. Mr Or was awarded a PBM medal in 2003. He is the Group Chairman. He is also the Vice-Chairman of Gek Poh Community Club Management Committee (CCMC) and the Patron of Potong Pasir Citizens’ Consultative Committee (CCC). Mr Or Toh Wat, the Group MD, is his son who was also conferred a BBM medal for “service to the community” in 2013.

Like his father, Mr Or Toh Wat is also a PA grassroots leader. He is the Chairman of Potong Pasir CCMC. Mr Or Kiam Meng, another son of Or Kim Peow, is the Executive Director of OKP. He is also a grassroots leader and Patron of Anchorvale CCMC.

Mr Or Lay Huat, third son of Or Kim Peow, is also another Executive Director of OKP. Not surprisingly, he too follows the footsteps of his father and the 2 elder brothers to become yet another PA grassroots leader. He is a member of Tampines GRC and Tampines West CCC.

To add to the menagerie, Dr John Chen, an ex-PAP Minister of State and ex-MP, is an independent director sitting on the board of OKP. Dr Chen was an MP from 1988 to 2006 and the Minister of State for Communications from 1997 to 1999. From 1999 to 2001, he was the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology and Minister of State for National Development.

In essence, the Or family members are all PA grassroots leaders in the various constituencies and know many PAP MPs and Ministers, including those retired ones like Dr John Chen.

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30 Responses to “Contractor OKP of collapsed viaduct at Changi linked to PA grassroots”

  • rukidding:

    In the haye days,…Johnny Chen was also a “king pin”, securing many contracts in NTU.

    It “pays” to be “link or Connected” to those Pimps and prostitutes (P.a.p.).

    With You ?….For You ????

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Blacklisted but still can get jobs!!! Contract stated $94M but may ended up 3 times more!!

    So they are all brothers, father and sons. @ESM Goh, “all in the family isn’t it?”. “Ownself no-need-to-check ownself”.

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  • A Little tap on the wrist..:

    Lives goes on..

    Ka ki lung, boh siang kan!

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  • PAP has the mandate:

    Unless, jailed term is enforced on the directors of the companies, workers are going to continue to die regardless of “Work Health Safety” that PAP is trying to project, is all a wayang….a laughing joke to the world once again.

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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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  • 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 BBMs, various grassroot leadership awards, etc.
    The grassroots game is well-known among the GRO 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 Minister ward. 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 BBM, grassroot leadership position holder, one gets the impression that the management/ board of directors – many 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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  • Connection equals corruption:

    1. Corruption is illegal.

    2. Connection (to the white party) is legal.

    All you need is to ‘geng’ – make good use of your brain and *snap*, you’ll be on the right track to the road of fortune. Who needs to take option 1 when a safe and ‘sure win’ option 2 is available?

    Now people outside sg and those naive singaporeans who are ever so proud of sg should know why our corruption rate is low.

    Once connected with PAP, whether being an MP or just grassroot leaders, how many were like MP Lee B Wah who actually went home to tell her spouse, “Wah, PAP wants me, wo bu hui si (“I won’t die” in Mandarin)! (laughs)”

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  • opposition dude:

    The more important questions should be this:

    Why was the project awarded to them when they have been blacklisted?

    Who were the bidders for this project and how much did each bidder bid?

    On what grounds was the project given to this firm?

    There was a whole page or two on this collapse yesterday. The good for shit paper said the firm has had lapses before, seems like PAP shows no favours to grassroots people. But as is usual practice, all will be swept under the carpet once investogations are done.

    Don’t be surprised when the firm wins a few more tenders to build other infrastructure DESPITE being blacklisted. Such is the way of PAP.

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  • MarBowling:

    Like the Lee FAMILEE in the Lee Kayu FAMILEE saga, KARMA has finally caught up with this Or FAMILEE who for donkey years have engaged in grass-looting, grass-eating, rubbing shoulders activities with top guns of the PAPigs. By performing numerous those so-called HoLee community activities, most members of the Or FAMILEE are able to get recognized and received National Day awards from the Sitting Bull aka Tua Pek Gong President such as BBM(Big Boss Medal), PBM(Puki Boss Medal)etc and get appointed as Chairman or Vice-Chairman of PAPigs controlled GRC, CCC, CCMC, etc.

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  • Josephine Teo Kiam Gan:

    Wow, Singapore based on meritocracy hor?
    Give yourselves a Pat .

    Hardly a dent on their wealth with the fines ?
    $94millions is a ton of gold.

    Wealth can pass on to three sons and three generations?

    Only time will tell.

    Clearly , there is no CRONYISM IN SINGAPORE.WE BASED ON TRUST .

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  • Rabble-rouser:

    QUOTE: “As of Jul 3, OKP had 25 demerit points and was blacklisted from Jan to Apr this year, according to information from MOM’s website.”
    Blacklisting is no deterrent to those Street-smarts contractors. They can use the Sub-contracting method or use affiliated companies to bypass. A construction professional confided to me that in the HDB Home Upgrading Scheme (previously HDB Main Upgrading Scheme); Blacklisted HDB contractors get jobs either subcontracted through the Main Contractor or use an affiliated company who has a ‘clean’ HDB accreditation to get the job & assumed the subcon. These loopholes are part of the S’pore contracting scene. Most people (..not in the contracting trades) in S’pore are unaware of these practices.
    You see, Main Contractors are not interested in certain jobs but bid for them simply for the Foreign Manpower quota that will be granted when doing public service contracts eg HDB/Public Civil Engineering projects. When they get the job, they totally 100% subcontract to interested parties usually Blacklisted contractors hungry for work, But they retained the lucrative Foreign Manpower quotas granted by MOM. The Foreign Manpower quotas are money-making machines (those in the trade called them ATMs). Contractors often trade among themselves those foreign labour quotas for money or for favours (perform in loss-making jobs). The main reason is that foreign labour have a big cost (ie. worker’s levy) – much like in taxi-driving (daily taxi hire cost), the contractors must make full use of the foreign worker in order to breakeven on the worker’s levy as well as cover their daily wage. And the rest is pure profit to the contractor because other than material cost; labour cost is the highest cost factor. A foreign worker could work as many as 1-2 construction sites per day for this reason. When there is hardly any work, those foreign workers are sent back home in order to reduce the worker’s levy costs to the contractor. The system is a dog-eat-dog situation. Many foreign workers are practically slaves to the contractor because of the indenture system – worker’s levy/permit tied to the contractor.
    There are several layers of supervision in the S’pore contracting scene; a Kepala (usually a local or typically M’sian); their own supervisors (usually an experienced or a running dog type who ‘pray’ to the Chinese Kepala); team leaders who are responsible for their team’s productivity. Supervision is required because the workers will ‘Chiak Chua’; skive or disappear. That’s why S’pore construction industry productivity is very low.

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  • Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

    It is important to compare this with the Nicoll Highway disaster. It is similar in that there was a failure of temporary structure used in the construction work.

    See the following: https://www.mot.gov.sg/News-Centre/News/2005/Government-Response-To-The-Findings-And-Recommendations-Of-The-Committee-Of-Inquiry-Into-The-Nicoll-Highway-Incident-Statement-By-Minister-Yeo-Cheow-Tong/

    The COI for the Nicoll Highway disaster highlighted the weaknesses in the LTA team involved. It is clear now that these weaknesses are still there. LTA is not short of resources. It makes billions annually from COE and road tax. Transport Minister KBW (and PAP Chairman) should accept responsibility and commit hara-kiri.

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  • Lisa the Willing:

    Josephine Teo Kiam Gan:
    Wow, Singapore based on meritocracy hor?
    Give yourselves a Pat .

    Hardly a dent on their wealth with the fines ?
    $94millions is a ton of gold.

    Wealth can pass on to three sons and three generations?

    Only time will tell.

    Clearly , there is no CRONYISM IN SINGAPORE.WE BASED ON TRUST .

    Private sector base on CRONYISM.
    Cronyism is Not a Crime.

    But public sector must never use this best practice as excuse to do the same.

    Else the country will rot.

    Luckily our public sector has zero CRONYISM.

    Look at our mp.

    Not one based on family ties.

    Yours
    Suan Lee Yock

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  • SMLJ ALSO BOHBIAN:

    OK, Pass!

    One more million dollar project they will be happy again.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Any volunteer scapegoat please, kee chew?

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  • LIONS:

    Seems like “MEMBERS” PRIVILEGE$ getting more n more rampant.

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  • Bobo:

    Own Karma Playing is happening. Karma is good at ownself check ownself to ensure that no evil acts be spared. PAP is always double standard and playing with law to fit timid and ordinary citizens.

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  • Nizhemoshou:

    TRE admin- please delete my earlier posting of the same and post this one instead. TQ.

    Read that the last fatal worksite accident at YIO Chu Kang happened in 2015 but the contractor was blacklisted only this year . After the YCK accident, the contractor went on to secure more contracts from LTA. Asked why this was the case, to add insult to injury, the govt actually cited the fact the contractor was not yet blacklisted from tender as the reason. This is a lame excuse than a reason. Makes u wonder the late blacklisting was timed to come after any upcoming contracts for bidding?

    Actually already smelled the rat of croynism and true enough it is confirmed. Cant see msm mentioning the grand grassloot credentials n titles awards of the father n sons contractor. So great investigation job by the writer.

    The case brings to mind the tale of the defective SMRT trains – how the manufacturer in China continued to be favoured for subsequent batch of trains orders worth billions from SMRT even despite defects in the lst batch of 36 trains which SMRT tried to fix until it couldnt do so anymore and have to ship them all back quietly under cover to the manufacturer in China for repairs.

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  • The Top Had Already Rotted:

    Kelong! Kelong!, ownself awarded contract to ownself high party member, and if this is not kelong, what is???

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  • Sperm:

    Did the safety officer told the project manager , “OK,Pass!”. ?

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  • Gan Lee Nah:

    I am sure the family is still multi millionaires after the dust has settled.

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  • OK Pass!:

    The Top Had Already Rotted:
    Kelong! Kelong!, ownself awarded contract to ownself high party member, and if this is not kelong, what is???

    Evening true, in Singapore is there any law that criminalise CRONYISM?

    Private sector can cronyism. But is it legal also to use people money for cronyism?

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  • Must not ban cronyism:

    I just hypothetically asking,
    Without Cronyism, how many Sinkies will have to turn to prostitution to earn a living? Just asking.

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  • Joseph Lee:

    Lisa the Willing: Private sector base on CRONYISM.
    Cronyism is Not a Crime.

    But public sector must never use this best practice as excuse to do the same.

    Else the country will rot.

    Luckily our public sector has zero CRONYISM.

    Look at our mp.

    Not one based on family ties.

    Yours
    Suan Lee Yock

    Yes!!
    Luckily Cronyism is not a crime.
    Haha.
    It’s an achievement to businessmen.

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  • Cronyism is perfect Legal:

    The holy grail in doing business is to achieve CRONYISM, an art that can be mastered to perfection.

    There is no law stating it’s illegal.

    That’s why corruption never ends.

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  • Not Brother But Blood Brother:

    In this case it is not a matter of brother but blood brother. Also can.

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  • Papaya$:

    So they have PUBLIC SERVICE awards.
    Think the PAP should give these people Public Disservice Awards instead!

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  • Wow real squeaky hell:

    Wow really squeaky clean sweep.
    In ancient China embankment of the great river always failed in the hand of a most loved and feared emperor plps. When the embankment collapsed and killed thousands, the loved plps asked for more money for home relief and reconstruction. Complains from critic citizens and patroits were arrested, killed or jailed and tortured by the pack of plps.
    This invariably happened in dynasty.
    Is history repeatimg itself in democracy in sheep skin?
    Conflict of interest as recently declared to be non existent if the person in question is good. In a dynasty overwhelmed by efficient polanpas, what is meant by good is the question.
    Who award contract? he must be a good chief so no conflict of interest among plps for they are all good men on self checks and balances?
    Legacy on rubbish?
    Greedy, more greedy
    Hungry, more hungry
    Ruthless, more ruthlesd
    PAP Statement of Mission as announced by the Emperor feared even by his siblings. This must have been found successful with la family, the plps and now the people.
    God forbid what is going to happen to harmonious and caring Singapore one people. Is that the political philosophy of self checks and balances of modifidd democracy then nepotism then a kill or die like the dynasty game of using despicable children of the land as games for la royal family and the pack of plp wolves in sheep skin.
    No conflict, good men, self checks and balances, racial concern in sheep skin. Hence multimillions paychecks, unending collection of company directorship, , Racist GRC now racialism gnawing on Presidency.
    God forbid
    Karma warned Karma ignored. What next? Jesus said Repent and thou shall be sabed
    Buddha said Drop your sword, enlightenment and turn back is the shore.
    Joan Batz sings When will they ever learn?
    Yes when will they ever learn to be less ruthless, less greedy and less hungry think more be more fair be less arrogant be grateful and thankful to the hands that feed them. kindness begets multiple gratitude not demonish to hide thr ‘shame’ of having to depend and accept kindness.
    Karma begins small to warn, heed it before it is too late.

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  • Cronyism never criminalised:

    Do you people know why academic result is Not Real World result?

    For example, a scholar in MBA never become a successful businessman.

    Why? Academic result is not real world result.

    In Business, the SECRET OF SUCCESS IS NEVER DISCLOSED IN MBA.
    Why?
    Cronyism is not mentioned as the secret of success.

    Corruption and cronyism is part and parcel of private sector.

    It’s the unspoken secrets of success.

    But it cannot be taught in MBA.

    If cronyism is prevented , most successful businessmen would not be able to be as rich as they are today. Many are likely to resort to prostitution or Drug peddling to be able to just make ends meet.

    So, tell me , why does a scholar system not work ?

    Academic result is Not Real World performance!!

    By the by, Cronyism is not illegal.

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  • THe broken corbel:

    Karma has replied Johnny Chen

    We did the pruning.. others took the fruits

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