HDB officer who gave confidential info to ST reporter redeployed: reports

HDB officer Ng Han Yuan was fined $2,000 for leaking confidential information to a reporter. (Yahoo News Singapore file photo)

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) officer who was fined $2,000 for leaking details of a confidential HDB project to a Straits Times (ST) reporter has been reprimanded and redeployed by his employer, according to media reports.

Ng Han Yuan, 25, had been issued a “stern reprimand” which will impede his career progress and eligibility for salary increment and bonus, said HDB in a statement on Friday (9 February).

The redeployment of Ng, who was formerly an estate manager in the resale operation section, is to let him “start afresh”, said HDB, adding that it takes a “serious view” of unauthorised disclosure of information.

Ng was fined in December last year for breaching the Official Secrets Act after giving information to ST reporter Janice Tai about a new HDB portal, which aims to streamline HDB resale flat transactions.

Ng revealed the confidential information to Tai despite knowing that she was a reporter. HDB made a police report on 27 July after it received queries from Tai about the portal.

Tai was let off with a stern warning by the police.

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