Moral character is the only way for progressive change 2 May 31, 2011Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, ethics, human quality, Singapore.
Tags: Mingyi Monk, Moral Character, Moral ethics, NKF, progressive change, Social Justice, TT Durai
SINGAPORE – Four years after he was convicted of deceiving the organisation he headed, former National Kidney Foundation chief executive T T Durai has been stripped of his Public Service Star and Public Service Star (Bar) awards.Durai was found guilty in June 2007 of using a false invoice to deceive the NKF into paying S$20,000 to his interior designer friend David Tan.
The same fate goes for former Ren Ci Hospital chief Ming Yi, who had his Public Service Medal – awarded in 1996 – forfeited on Monday by President S R Nathan.
Notices of the forfeitures were published yesterday in the Government Gazette.
Ming Yi, 49, whose birth name is Goh Kah Heng, was convicted together with his former aide Raymond Yeung in October 2009 over an unauthorised loan of S$50,000 made in 2004 to the Mandala Buddhist Cultural Centre, a religious artefact shop formerly managed by Yeung.
They were also found guilty of giving false information to the Commissioner of Charities. Ming Yi was released from jail last August after serving four months and is now abbott of Foo Hai Chan monastery.
The awards are given to people who have rendered public service to the country in various fields, including sports, business and the labour movement.
National Day Award winners are announced every Aug 9 and are approved by the President. If a past winner is convicted of a criminal offence or sacked, the President may forfeit the award on advice of the Cabinet.
Durai, 63, was awarded the Public Service Star (Bar) in 1992 for his contribution to the NKF.
But in 2005, an unsuccessful defamation suit that he launched against The Straits Times led to a full-scale audit into the charity’s operations.
He appealed against his conviction and sentence unsuccessfully and began serving his three-month jail sentence in June 2008.
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