Why so secretive about Amarjit Singh’s new appointment, asks ex-CM

Former Sabah Water Department director Amarjit Singh.

KOTA KINABALU: Former Sabah chief minister Yong Teck Lee today questioned the lack of transparency on the part of the Warisan-led Sabah government in handling the case involving former Sabah Water Department director Amarjit Singh.

He said the government was acting rather “suspiciously” as the former director had now been made a technical adviser to the government while a legal case was still going on.

Yong noted Amarjit’s transfer from the Water Department to the state Economic Planning Unit as a technical adviser.

A letter of appointment indicating this has been shared widely on social media.

“It’s a very high post. I find it very strange that the government is not telling the people what is happening. They have been very quiet about this.

“The government is not being transparent. Their behaviour is very suspicious,” said Yong.

Yong said the actions of the state could impact the ongoing judicial review he had filed in the courts.

Yong Teck Lee holding a letter showing the transfer of Amarjit Singh to the state EPU.

The state government’s appeal against a High Court judgement is also pending. The Kota Kinabalu High Court had declared Amarjit’s 2018 appointment to the Water Department as illegal on Oct 9 last year.

Yong said he had been informed that the state Attorney-General’s Chambers, which is involved in appealing the court’s decision, is also in the dark over the new transfer.

“Now, the whole world knows but the attorney-general’s office is keeping quiet.”

After the controversy over his appointment as Water Department director, Amarjit was made technical director in the Chief Minister’s Department. He was later “transferred” and made the Water Department director again, for a second time.

Yong said the government had to be clear on why they were shuffling Amarjit around like this and who he would be giving advice to as a “technical adviser”.

“Does EPU even have an office and staff for him?”

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