As many would have already read, the deadline for making submissions to Commissioner of Charities (COC) passed on 13 July 2013, with only myself and one other person meeting the deadline. The remaining six have applied for extension time to submit their objections to their removal from office. For some, they have asked to extend till as far as the end of the criminal trial, likely to be in 2014.
My counsel Michael Khoo has sturdily laid out my grounds as to why I should not be held to account for any misconduct or mismanagement of the charity. I do not see any reason to delay such submissions. A man should clear his name and defend his integrity at the soonest opportunity possible, and this submissions process is the most opportune platform, aside from the time when I take the defence stand in the ongoing criminal trial.
The COC has on 19 July 2013 offered to defer the removal proceedings till six months after the conclusion of the trial, on condition that I sign a consent form for further suspension. My counsel has been instructed to kindly decline this offer. I have already stated in my submissions on 12 July that I am fully prepared at any time to go before the COC board to have my case heard.
Proverbs 22:1 NKJV
“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.”
Article Contributed by Mr. Chew Eng Han