CNB director must resign
- From: "truth" <truth@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 19:56:47 +0800
The mistake is so huge and basic. How such a thing can happen in "first
rate" Singapore ?
CNB director must resign. Is he being told to doctor the number by Wong Kan
Seng to make WKS looks good in the eyes of LKY ?
SINGAPORE: Singapore's drug enforcement agency, Central Narcotics Bureau has
discovered an error in the statistical computation of drug abuser arrest
statistics for the period 2008 to 2010 after it moved to a new IT system.
The correct data now shows higher numbers of drug abusers for that period.
The mistakes were spotted sometime in March this year.
CNB's director, Ng Boon Gay has assured Singaporeans that while the error
resulted in incomplete statistics reported previously, all individual cases
of drug abuse were correctly dealt with and in accordance with the law.
He emphasised there's no miscarriage of justice as a result of the IT error
in computing the figures.
Giving details at a news briefing on Thursday, CNB explained that the
revised figures now show that the number of drug abusers arrested for the
period 2008 to 2010 was on an upward trend instead of a downward trend.
For 2008, it was reported that 1,925 abusers had been arrested.
The correct figure for 2008 is now 2,537 arrests.
Likewise for 2009, the figure has now been revised from 1,883 to 2,616
arrests and for 2010 it is revised from 1,805 to 2,887 arrests.
CNB said new abusers formed 46 per cent of the arrests in 2010.
The agency also stressed that the mistake in computing the statistics did
not affect its enforcement efforts.
CNB said over the past three years the number of raids conducted annually
has gone up by 44 per cent from 3,400 in 2007 to 4,900 raids annually
between 2008 to 2010.
Checks conducted at the immigration checkpoints too increased from 38,000 to
CNB said looking ahead, it expects the number of abusers arrested to
continue going up, given the worsening regional drug situation.
Also, more repeat drug abusers who are currently serving sentences under the
long-term imprisonment regime are expected to be released upon completion of
their sentences and CNB said this group has had a higher recidivism rate.
There is also the danger that repeat drug abusers may also influence new
ones and so a more structured aftercare and supervision system is being
explored for repeat abusers.
CNB has apologised to the public for the wrong computation of figures and
said it takes full responsibility for the error.
New chairman for the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Law and
Home Affairs, Mr Hri Kumar said the error in the CNB numbers was
He added that it is more important that Singapore tackles the larger problem
facing it as the data makes clear that the drug menace is growing, and the
rise in the numbers of first-time users is particularly alarming.
Mr Hri Kumar added:" We need the community to get involved in this fight -
not just family, but schoolmates, teachers, friends, neighbours, colleagues
and grassroots. Our love and support will help stop people turning to drugs,
and to persuade current abusers that their lives will be better without
He said the GPC will continue to work with the Home Affairs Ministry and
CNB, but it will need the continued support from all Singaporeans in the
fight against drugs.
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