SINGAPORE: A Singapore civil servant was Friday charged with leaking confidential information about a government housing website to a journalist, sparking allegations authorities were trying to “intimidate” the media, reports AFP.
Authorities take a dim view of officials passing information to reporters without permission, and it is rare for it to happen at all in a country where the media is tightly controlled. Ng Han Yuan, an employee with a government housing agency responsible for the public apartments where most Singaporeans live, faces up to two years in jail if convicted of breaching the official secrets act by passing information to journalist Janice Tai.
The 25-year-old is accused of giving details to Tai in May about an online portal, which will go live in January, where people will be able to resell their government apartments. Tai, who works for the Straits Times newspaper, approached several organisations including the agency, the Housing and Development Board, for comment and referred to the information she was told, police said.