Facebook user, Daniel Liew, has apologised on Wednesday, May 20, for making false corruption claims against Manpower Minister Josephine Teo and her husband (Mr Teong Eng Cheong, Chief Executive Surbana) over Surbana’s development of Covid-19 facilities.
He stated on his Facebook page that he “apologises unreservedly” to Mrs Teo and admitted that “these allegations are false and completely without foundation”. He had alleged that Mrs Teo “improperly benefited herself and her family financially, as a result of her mismanagement of the dormitory infections relating to the Covid-19 virus, and the development of emergency housing facilities by Surbana Jurong”.
Mrs Teo’s lawyers issued letters of demand to Mr Liew and activist Jolovan Wham and stated that the claims of profiteering and corruption are “untrue, scurrilous and completely baseless”.
The legal letters demanded that the allegations be publicly withdrawn and that Mr Liew and Mr Wham each donate S$1,000 to the Migrant Workers’ Assistance Fund.
The statement said the minister would not “pursue the matter further, or to claim damages” if these demands are met.
The Ministry of Health and Ministry of National Development has also rejected the allegations, calling them “false and malicious”.