29 Sep 2004

Senior Fiji public servant suspended after revelations of corruption

10:25 am on 29 September 2004

Fiji's public service commission has suspended the chief executive officer of the Labour ministry, Brian Singh, after revelations of corruption in the auditor general's report.

Mr Singh has been cited for travelling overseas by economy class on four occasions when his ministry paid business class fares to the travel agent.

Mr Singh will remain suspended on half pay until his case is finalised by the public service commission.

Its chief executive, Anare Jale, is quoted as saying the commission is already applying the government's policy of zero tolerance against corruption and expects to institute disciplinary proceedings against all civil servants cited in the auditor general's report.

The acting police commissioner, Moses Driver, says they would investigate abuse of public funds where it borders on criminal intent provided the auditor general or the finance ministry refer it to them.