Health data hacked: How ‘independent’ are Committees of Inquiry?

I refer to the article “4-member Committee of Inquiry convened to investigate SingHealth cyber attack” (Straits Times, Jul 24).

It states that “The authorities convened a four-member Committee of Inquiry (COI) on Tuesday (July 24) to examine SingHealth’s cyber attack that led to the biggest data breach in Singapore.

The committee, headed by former chief district judge and current member of the Public Service Commission Richard Magnus, will also recommend ways to better safeguard public sector IT systems.

The other members of the COI are executive chairman of cyber security solutions firm Quann World, Mr Lee Fook Sun; group chief operating officer of healthcare technology firm Sheares Healthcare Management, Mr T.K. Udairam; and assistant secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress, Ms Cham Hui Fong.”

I was in a coffee shop and overhead a group of people talking along the lines of “how “independent” are the COIs set up over the years? Particularly in respect of their current or past connections with Government”.

So, I googled:-

“Mr Richard Magnus was appointed a Member of the Public Service Commission in January 2009. He is a retired Senior (now termed Chief) District Judge.  Mr Magnus is also Chairman of the Public Transport Council, Public Guardian Board, Political Films Consultative Committee, Bioethics Advisory Committee, and the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Remote Gambling Act Appeals Advisory Panel, and is a Member of the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Independent Review Panel. He was the Founding Chairman of the Casino Regulatory Authority. In the private sector, Mr Magnus serves on the boards of Temasek Cares CLG Limited, Changi Airport Group, and Singapore Consortium Investment Management Limited, and is Chairman of CapitaLand Mall Trust Management Limited and Human Capital (Singapore) Pte Ltd.  He is also Singapore’s First Representative to the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights; and Vice-Chairman of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee, as well as an alumnus of the National Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum.  For his exceptional public service, Mr Magnus was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 2009, the Outstanding Volunteer award by the Ministry of Social and Family Development in 2014; and the Public Service Star by the State in 2015.  Mr Magnus graduated from National University of Singapore with a Masters of Law. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School and the John F Kennedy School of Government.”

“Mr Lee Fook Sun is a Director of SMRT Corporation Ltd.

In addition, Mr Lee is the Chairman of the Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA). He also sits on the Board of DSO National Laboratories and serves as a member of the Audit Committee.

Mr Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Master of Arts (Engineering Science) from the University of Oxford (UK).  He was conferred the Honorary Fellowship from the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisations (AFEO), in recognition of his contributions to the engineering profession and industry.

Mr Lee joined Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) in December 2000 and was the President of ST Electronics from 15 August 2009 to 31 December 2016. Mr Lee was the Deputy CEO and President of Defence Business of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering). He has been with ST Engineering Group for 17 years until he retired on 30 June 2017. Prior to this, he held several senior management appointments including President of Defence and International Business, Deputy President, Operations and President, Defence Business. Before joining ST Electronics, he served in the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) as Director of Joint Intelligence Directorate from 1996 to 2000.

During his career in the Singapore Armed Forces, Mr Lee was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Military), for the Gold and Silver categories.  He held the rank of Brigadier-General when he retired from active military service.”

“Mr. T. K. Udairam served as the Chief Executive Officer of Changi General Hospital at Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd. from February 2000 to May 2012. He serves as a Director of Integrated Health Information Systems Pte Ltd.”

“Ms Cham Hui Fong

ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL | NTUC
Executive Secretary, Singapore Airport Terminal Services Workers’ Union
Executive Secretary, SIA Engineering Company Engineers and Executives Union”

As I found the above information by googling – I am unable to verify that the information is current, complete or correct.

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

 

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12 Responses to “Health data hacked: How ‘independent’ are Committees of Inquiry?”

  • I'm Halimah also Jiak Liao bee:

    Where will the blame lie for this fiasco, except to tell the whole world they were not sleeping on the job and not at fault for not being able to detect the hack on time.
    The COI will be another one of the PAPIGS road show, and this Paper General Daivd Koh will still be drawing his obscene pay check despite his incompetence in managing the country’s cyber security.

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  • OMG:

    We need people to fix a problem.
    We do not need people to Talk CXXK only.

    Even our MINDEF was hacked…. what other organizations cannot be hacked ?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    It doesn’t matter if these people are independent or not. The first thing is, anyone of them is an expert in hacking? How young are these people? I doubt they can even text a WhatsApp’s Message. Anyone of them knows anything about IT security?

    Stop waste taxpayers’ money!! The result of the COI will be the same as the other COI’s. NOTHING!! ZERO!!

    Just compensate those patients whose data were hacked!! Can the COI recommend $10,000 each? Otherwise save the papers which the report will be written on. Save the electricity.

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  • arafat:

    knowing patient medical data means what type
    of medicine one is taking and collecting.
    risky if peple planing to cause mischief or harm.

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  • William C:

    Are they paid to sit in the COI?

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  • a nation of hypocrites:

    in order to be independent, of the 4, 3 must be outside clown pap control.

    perhaps, Ms Sylvia Lim of WP, Mr Lim Tean, Mr Leon Perara or Mr K Jeyaratnam, all suitable to be coi team.

    then, and only then, shall truth be revealed and heads be chopped.

    does clown pap ever intended it to be so? NO WAY lah. that is why only clan members ntuc and such in coi team so that BS can continue.

    a nation of hypocrites.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    clown of pap can say, family important. but ffff. his own brother own sister own nephew publicly expose him. why can’t he do what he says and have his family in good order before telling 70% sheep family is important?

    because he is a ffffing hypocrite just like his evil departed papa now tortured for lying.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Pop con:

    how come CEO has not come out to talk so far?
    only good at claiming glory?

    who is the CEO?

    he must take responsibility n not some lowly paid staff?

    sack him/her,shame him/her or SHACKLE him/her like you do to more ordinary sgs making much more ordinary mistakes?!!!

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  • Bapak:

    None of themare independent, all beholden.

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  • N.Jungne:

    kill the chicken to scare the monkey. n this case the moneys are scared of its own shadow.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    William C:
    Are they paid to sit in the COI?

    Of course paid lah!! Otherwise how to pay for the $1 a day parking fee?

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  • Pop con:

    Btw,already has two casino operators here.
    Why operator n regulator of LOTTERY/POOLS here run by PAP GAHMEN?

    Can we be sure there is COMPLETE INTEGRITY?

    Let the PRIVATE SECTOR RUN THE POOLS N THE AUTHOTITIES act as REGULATOR,ya?

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  • clown pap S$2 AIM saga:

    Pop con:
    Btw,already has two casino operators here.
    Why operator n regulator of LOTTERY/POOLS here run by PAP GAHMEN?

    Can we be sure there is COMPLETE INTEGRITY?

    Let the PRIVATE SECTOR RUN THE POOLS N THE AUTHOTITIES act as REGULATOR,ya?

    someone in coffee shop explained that ntuc, pap PA, gic, temasick, these are set up using citizens’ CPF with good intentions under Dr Goh KS and Dr Toh CC for the welfare of citizens but as soon as they were forcefully removed by pap departed evil lky, the pap Lj reclassed them as for his exclusive use and now for the exclusive use of lky clown and wife only – so that, as a convenient means of slush fund, can corner political advantage by dishing out S$m jobs to loyalists who not a squeal even though slap dana or not, and the setups are made legal while actually illegal – so that if their coffers are illegally emptied more S$m can be legally transferred into them from citizens’ CPF- and that is why if lose election such as Aljunied GRC can have S$m job in ntuc or gic or temasick or pap PA and if win in next GE then can S$m officially and even proclaimed to be in line to be 4th gen prime minister, truly WTF the someone said or something like that.

    anyway the someone explained very well but since we are not of evil mind we just couldn’t comprehend well to reexplain. our apologies.

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