Was Surbana Jurong awarded a financial contract or were they doing this voluntarily or non profit out of good will?

Can someone please verify? I’m NOT gonna say anything as fact cause of you know what rule.

But is this accurate? I googled it. You can also double check.

1( Surbana Jurong helped to set up the temp facilities.
2) The CEO of Surbana is Teo Eng Cheong
3) He is the husband of Josephine Teo.

Was Surbana Jurong awarded a financial contract or were they doing this voluntarily / non profit out of good will?

If it’s from good will, it’s nice to see such civic mindedness.

If there is any degree of commercial interest involved, then:

1) to what extent does the company qualitatively / quantitatively benefit from this – if at all?

2) How was any personal relational links disclosed, addressed, and set aside in the interest of a final objective decision? This is contextually relevant given the inter-connectedness of persons.

3) is there a clear demarcation between public / private – and if so, how is this transparently assured and sustained? How are intersections between the two clarified? Who is the neutral body involved in ascertaining these things, ensuring that the dichotomy is upheld?

Again, I stress that I am NOT stating facts or asserting anything more than Google research. My questions are genuine cause I legit don’t have the answers, due to a lack of info. I do not place any moral, confirmation, beneficiary, or even overblown conspiracy weight behind these publicly accessible links as well – simply because I do not know beyond my own searches how processes are sussed out.

Which is why I’m asking as a citizen. Cause I fully admit that I do not know – but I’d like to. I am keen to understand the process of decision making, given the specific context. I think the clearer things are explained, the less space there is for misunderstanding, the greater an opportunity for trust.

EDIT: Also found out via Google that Desmond Choo and Dr. Yaacob bin Ibrahim serve as board members, which further makes any discussion on how private / public are succinctly defined an interesting analysis.

 

* Facebook post by Levan Wee.

 

 

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33 Responses to “Was Surbana Jurong awarded a financial contract or were they doing this voluntarily or non profit out of good will?”

  • NotMyProblem:

    This is the best time to give jobs to cronies, because of urgency, the 3-quotations requirement can be waived. Price can talk later.

    Who else can get the jobs except those having any control over the supply of of foreign workers. You know most FWs were under quarantine.

    I am not referring to Surbana Jurong, it is a general opinion!!

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  • WakeupSG:

    Hope that the lockdown experience in infected countries compelled by the coronavirus which help clear the industrialised countries of pollution will likewise expose the filthiness of polluted political systems that promote cronyism for personal gains will be STOPPED!

    WHEN PAP IS BEING DENIED 2/3 MAJORITY, IT WILL DEAL A DEATH BLOW TO OWNSELF CHECK OWNSELF & OWNSELF PRAISE OWNSELF SYSTEM at the coming Pandemic GE!

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  • Survey recently:

    Due diligence? Public interest ? Pls tell me , tio chie huang what do you think?

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  • singh:

    PAP has finessed “pakat” system.
    Public have been brainwashed to accept it

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  • Asd:

    I think it’s pay la pay more more if you need it last minute and fast like the waste of money for noko and usa to meet

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  • first time in singpore Levan?:

    Try searching for more govt-linked companies (obvious or otherwise), and you will find more of this “cronitocracy” or “aristrocracy”. Extend beyond the MPs to the cronies of town councils, PAs, or whereever is a politically affiliated place that allows for people to gain favor with the master party. Try thinking like a sycophant/crony and you will know where to find them.

    On a more logical note, a lot of the major stuff in SG are under the govt’s thumb. Likely a case of monopoly and control over the entire economy, like a central command, but under the guise of “public/private” separation.

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  • PAP's scam:

    Levan, good innocent questions. You are save from being POFMA-ed.

    Singaporeans are smart enough to connect the dots to realise the right or wrongs.

    There is definitely some truth behind your questions.

    Singaporeans will know what to do if election is called anytime.

    By the way the 4G Team is in shambles, beaten, weakened and on the way to the mortuary.

    Emperor may need to take advice from Minister Cow on the Japanese art of hara-kiri.

    PAP RIP.

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  • Taleban:

    Last minutes, very urgent, so anyone (???) who can do it, get it.
    Something similar to Aljunied GRC.
    Last minute contractor resign. No one else want to do the job. No choice get old contractor to do. Also wrong.Pant dropped.

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  • u know and i know:

    only their kaki langs know how to do the job.
    you know i know we all know.

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  • Independent council needed:

    Anybody thinks an independent council is needed to look into how the $100 billion reserve withdrawal is spent?

    Check for any financial problems and sue anybody in-charge to recover financial losses?

    The gov has set a precedence in the Aljunied case. Let’s follow.

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  • Cum laude:

    Is this same sama cum laude HOUGANG?
    Is this same sama cum laude HOUGANG?
    Is this same sama cum laude HOUGANG?
    Is this same sama cum laude HOUGANG?
    Is this same sama cum laude HOUGANG?

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  • Top Money for Top Talents:

    Dear Levan Wee,
    Are you stupid or what? This is nothing new…

    The principle of you scratch my back and I scratch your back is happening everywhere, including your Ang Mo Tua Kee and Poke Ass Party democracy.

    After Bill Clinton was elected, he appoint his own people to top position.
    After Donald Trump was elected, he appoint his own people to top position.

    After 呆湾蔡 was elected, she appoint her own people to top position.
    Here is the fact.
    傳蕭美琴成駐美代表! 鳴響「川蔡會」第一槍
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn_kb7cCEUc

    Everywhere is the same.
    You help me and I help you.
    Chinese say the water help fish and the fish help water.
    水帮鱼,鱼帮水。
    Everywhere is the same. Suck it up and shut up.

    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster.
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • Taleban:

    Need something done urgently and only Surbana can do it.
    Cannot meh?
    Desperate time needs desperate measures.
    Sound familiar?

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  • King is mighty:

    The only way to find out is to send in more opposition parties to demand them for all answers. Singaporeans are not stupid idiots who keep giving them power and wealth. We have been struggling to live longer for our country, family, relatives and friends. But we feel exhausted everyday with the heavy GST of 7%. NTUC outlets are no longer fair in price. Those people will never know our pains because they are enjoying them.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    “If it’s from good will, it’s nice to see such civic mindedness.”

    If that’s true you won’t miss the sound of trumpet everyday on the MSM.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Source from en.m.Wikipedia.or :Quote – “Surbana Jurong
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    Surbana Jurong Private Limited (also referred to as Surbana Jurong) is a Singaporean government-owned consultancy company focusing on infrastructure and urban development. It was formed on 22 June 2015 with the merger of Surbana International Consultants and Jurong International Holdings.[1] As of July 2016, it is wholly owned by Temasek Holdings and had 13,000 employees.[2] Surbana Jurong acquired SMEC Holdings and AETOS Holdings on 1 August 2016[3] and 13 October 2016 respectively.[4][5] These acquisitions have raised its staff count to 13,000 employees. On 1 November 2017, Surbana Jurong acquired Robert Bird Group, a global consulting engineering firm.[6]

    Surbana Jurong
    Surbana Jurong logo.jpg
    Logo of Surbana Jurong
    Type
    Private Limited Company
    Industry
    Urban planning and design
    Predecessors
    Jurong International Holdings
    Surbana International Consultants
    Founded
    22 June 2015; 4 years ago
    Headquarters
    Singapore
    Owner
    Temasek Holdings
    Number of employees
    13,000 (2016)
    Subsidiaries
    SMEC Holdings, KTP Consultants Pte Ltd, Sino-Sun Architects & Engineers Co. Ltd, Aetos Security Management
    Website
    surbanajurong.com… “Unquote.

    Response :So the CEO of Surbana is Teo Eng CHEONG, the husband of Josephine Teo?
    As of July 2016, it is wholly owned by Temasek Holdings and had 13,000 employees?
    Since it is also stated above as a Surbana Jurong Private Limited (also referred to as Surbana Jurong) is a Singaporean government-owned consultancy company, so is it considered a government status or a private company status? If it is a government status company, then the salary of Teo Eng Cheong cannot be a private thing, right?

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    This should be included in the terms of reference for the REQUIRED Commission of Inquiry on Singapore preparedness for the public health disaster at the foreign workers’ dorms.

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  • Hu Chian:

    Quote,

    “Although widely held, the belief that merit rather than luck determines success or failure in the world is demonstrably false. This is not least because merit itself is, in large part, the result of luck. Talent and the capacity for determined effort, sometimes called “grit,” depend a great deal on one’s genetic endowments and upbringing.
    ……………………..
    In addition to being false, a growing body of research in psychology and neuroscience suggests that believing in meritocracy makes people more selfish, less self-critical, and even more prone to acting in discriminatory ways. Meritocracy is not only wrong; it’s bad.
    ……………………….
    Meritocracy is a false and not very salutary belief. As with any ideology, part of its draw is that it justifies the status quo, explaining why people belong where they happen to be in the social order. It is a well-established psychological principle that people prefer to believe that the world is just.”

    Site,
    Meritocracy doesn’t exist, and believing it does is bad for you
    https://www.fastcompany.com/40510522/meritocracy-doesnt-exist-and-believing-it-does-is-bad-for-you
    https://www.thoughtco.com/meritocracy-definition-3026409

    From Quarantine To Tyranny To Rebellion – Alt-Market
    http://www.alt-market.com/index.php/articles/4154-from-quarantine-to-tyranny-to-rebellion-where-is-the-line-in-the-sand

    Self And Society – Singapore Notes
    http://singaporedesk.blogspot.com/2012/10/self-and-society.html
    https://youarenotsosmart.com/2013/05/23/survivorship-bias/

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  • Asd:

    I think tansparancey is required like the usual goverment advertisement on newspaper to call for open tender

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  • Million Dollars Con Jobs:

    Husband helping out wife is very common and normal in any society. Wife helping husband to earn more money by allocating projects under her purview is also very common and natural.

    A problem will arise if there are existing companies that are of better efficiency, pricing and untainted by suspension of cronyism.

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  • Trust only myself:

    Wee, if you do not know they don’t expect you to ask.’
    They can PORMA you, anyhow ask “not relevant” questions.

    Why not relevant? Full support what……only stuxxx people don’t know.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    PAP's scam:
    Levan, good innocent questions. You are save from being POFMA-ed.

    Singaporeans are smart enough to connect the dots to realise the right or wrongs.

    ………

    They cannot POFMA but they going to;

    The company (Surbana Jurong) added: “We absolutely refute the allegations and will not hesitate to take legal action against any perpetrator who continues to make scurrilous attacks against our company.”

    “There was an urgent need for (Community Care Facilities) CCFs to house patients with early symptoms of COVID-19 and those recovering from it. Surbana Jurong was called upon to help quickly develop these facilities.”

    Sure, we believe!!

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  • Give credit:

    While it will be good to have transparency,credit must be given to SJ and all those involved to get the Community care facilities up so quickly to dealt with a emergency situation.
    At time like this,having a organisation like SJ or ST helps .
    Also following std SOP will definitely caused much delay in this case and the Pandemic situation would have been worse here.

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  • RT:

    What is the point of you askin?

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  • Yoda:

    Top Money for Top Talents:
    May 19, 2020 at 10:38 am (Quote)

    Dear Levan Wee,
    Are you stupid or what? This is nothing new…

    Look into the mirror. In the US system, it is perfectly OK to appoint your own people, and is approved by their constitution.
    Not so in Singapore!

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  • Lye Khuen Way:

    Hello “Top Money for Top Talents”, you must know that the US system of government of electing a President and his VP is different from Parliamentary system.

    The Elected USA President (PONTUS) can assemble his Administration from whatever available Talents, including his political opposition!

    They truly can have the Best Talents available and willing to serve at nominal cost.

    They don’t get that kind of salaries and Bonuses like our so called Talents. Scholars-Soldiers, Real World tested, I don’t know.

    Sure, those in the US Administration have their other perks.

    Don’t ours have too?

    Top Money for Top Talents:
    Dear Levan Wee,
    Are you stupid or what? This is nothing new…

    The principle of you scratch my back and I scratch your back is happening everywhere, including your Ang Mo Tua Kee and Poke Ass Party democracy.

    After Bill Clinton was elected, he appoint his own people to top position.
    After Donald Trump was elected, he appoint his own people to top position.

    After 呆湾蔡 was elected, she appoint her own people to top position.
    Here is the fact.
    傳蕭美琴成駐美代表! 鳴響「川蔡會」第一槍
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn_kb7cCEUc

    Everywhere is the same.
    You help me and I help you.
    Chinese say the water help fish and the fish help water.
    水帮鱼,鱼帮水。
    Everywhere is the same. Suck it up and shut up.

    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster.
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • Boh Kia See:

    I have read the explanations provided by the PAP. It seems to me that it was well planned beforehand to keep the Minister at arm’s length. They have taken pains to do that by using Temasick as a vehicle to by-pass Government institutions. That is one reason why Ho Jinx is where she is for so many years.

    The outcome of course, was predicable and known to all parties beforehand–hence this need to isolate the Minister involved.

    Their explanation about not charging or charging at cost only is something we will never know. There is no evidence that it is the case as no information was available to proof or discard this explanation. Given the skill for lying and generating excuses I will treat such an explanation with a grain of salt–until evidence is available to support that assertion.

    That is my opinion and my views.

    It is time to VTO the PAP at the earliest opportunity for the good of Singapore and Singaporeans.

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  • Bernard:

    Dear Singaporean,

    Many people (Singaporean citizens etc..) are sad, suffering, angry and frustrated many years before COVID 19, POFMA etc..

    Now with COVID 19, active POFMA, flip-flop COVID 19 instructions/directions by suppossingly responsible individuals and law enforced, the hurt and pain is now not only confined to situation(s) but becoming an epidemic too.

    (1) Let’s not 2nd guess on the contract awarded.
    (2) Let’s seek clarification, specific data to support and justify the appropriateness and above board contract awarded by these million dollars wage earners.
    (3) These are people paid by the million of dollars over the years to provide the response, let’s embrace and give these million dollars wage earners the due recognitions and right to clarify in Chambers and us, the Singaporean Citizens.
    (4) Some important questions for serious clarifications are;
    - When was the requirement(s) first known and by whom?
    - When, What response and/or decision made and by whom?
    - When and What due deligence was done and carried out and by whom?
    - Why the need for numerous centralized quarantine center?
    - What amount/cost was involved and used to date?
    - is there a daily/weekly update on how and why public money and resources continues to be taken and use?
    - What are the employers responsibilities and action(s) prepared (if any) to have this issue appropriately address?
    a. Cost of Temporary Quarintine center
    b. Cost of Food, medical and others amenities created?
    c. Cost to the reputation of the Nation being thumb down as highlighted by an Australian specialist?
    d. Cost of Time and Effort in mitigating this Dormitory situation?
    e. more………………..

    Let’s move on and get a due deligent MP or Minister to raise these clarification, seek.

    Thank you.
    God bless

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Source from Straits Times website :Quote – “..
    PUBLISHED30 MIN AGO (21st May 2020)

    Kok Yufeng
    SINGAPORE – One of two men who made false corruption allegations against Manpower Minister Josephine Teo and her husband has apologised and taken down the offending post after legal letters were issued to them.

    In a post late Wednesday (May 20) night, Facebook user Donald Liew said a statement he published on May 14 was false and completely without foundation.

    His post had alleged that Mrs Teo and her husband had improperly benefited from the coronavirus outbreak in migrant worker dormitories here and the development of “emergency housing facilities” for Covid-19 patients.

    Mrs Teo’s husband, Mr Teo Eng Cheong, is the international chief executive in charge of Singapore, South-east Asia and North Asia at Surbana Jurong, which developed the community care facility (CCF) at Singapore Expo.
    ….

    The apology came after Mrs Teo’s lawyers from Allen & Gledhill issued letters of demand to Mr Liew and activist Jolovan Wham on Wednesday, requiring them to withdraw corruption and profiteering allegations that Mrs Teo called “untrue, scurrilous and completely baseless”.

    Mrs Teo, who is also Second Minister for Home Affairs, said in a statement issued by the law firm on her behalf that neither her nor her spouse had any involvement in the commissioning of the projects at Singapore Expo or the monetary transactions.

    Surbana Jurong dealt directly with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of National Development (MND), she said in response to several posts circulating on social media and messaging platforms like WhatsApp that alleged conflicts of interest in Surbana Jurong’s development of the Singapore Expo facilities.

    One such post highlighted Mr Teo’s role at Surbana Jurong.

    Mrs Teo also said that while she understands she is legally entitled to substantial damages, she does not intend to pursue the matter further or claim damages if the allegations are publicly withdrawn and apologies given.

    The legal letters also require Mr Liew and Mr Wham to make a donation of $1,000 each to the Migrant Workers’ Assistance Fund.

    Related Story
    Coronavirus: Surbana Jurong refutes profiteering and corruption allegations over community care facility projects
    ….

    In a joint statement on Wednesday, MOH and MND clarified that the Government had asked Singapore investment company Temasek to help set up a CCF as the firm had the necessary resources to do so at short notice through its subsidiaries.

    The ministries said Temasek agreed to assist and the work done would be at cost recovery basis, and in some cases, below cost.

    They added: “The Government accepts that legitimate questions can be raised about the spending, and is fully prepared to explain why and how money was spent.

    “However, the Government will respond firmly and appropriately to any scurrilous allegation of corruption.”"Unquote.

    Response : Who is Donald Liew ?

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Response :Manpower minister Josephine Teo sends lawyers’ letters to 2 people in S’pore seeking retraction & apology and donation.
    However, Teo stopped short of suing.

    Let us analyse, she can sue straightaway but she stopped short of sueing. Is she “kind”? Obviously not that kind hearted type of people. Did she not have the option of using POFMA as a Minister position to block off first? Obviously, she didn’t use POFMA but immediately send lawyer letter of demand. Why so hurry to issue letter of demand? It is not say that she don’t have option. Based on news on media, I believe the facilities for corona virus at Expo has already been built finished. So what is the total cost of expenditure and what is the charge cost by Surbana Jurong and that is not revealed out immediately to clear doubts, why ? And how do one company built a project without a quoted price, contract? Is it just based on MOH and MND instruction and start building it without price discussion ? Did MOH or MND can three price quotations as standard practise? No black and white? So final price can be anything maybe at super huge profit or maybe can also describe as below cost depend on situation outcome or after thought type of thing, isn’t it? Will any company willingly built a project at below cost losing money? Even if this project is really below cost, next project can recover by doubling or tripling the profits, isn’t it? World doesn’t stop at one place. Trying to silence off everybody with law suites? She must be thinking she is so powerful?

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  • TGH:

    All govt projects need to go through a tender process. most likely a tender was called and surbana jurong won the tender.

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  • Kani Walan out:

    Double standard when match against trail of Aljunied . Singapore must know there is an Iron Lady who at a snap of fingers by-passing even the million paid ministers . Need rescue money gov comes to help out. When queried abt investment loss – it not the gov but the Board and the management . Singaporean how Long u want to stomach this nonsense. VTO

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  • AristoCATs - Rules ?:

    The AristoCATs subscribes to “transparency”.

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    Any info disseminated are done in “transparent” way.
    Info not revealed are deemed “state secret”.
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    Got it?
    -
    Remember the Ballot Box !

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