SINGAPORE – A new director will lead the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) from 1 October, said the premier PMO on Tuesday (21 August).
Mr. Denis Tang Siew Taeng, the current deputy commissioner of operations at the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), will take over Mr. Wong Hong Kuan, who has been director of CPIB since 2013.
In a statement, the PMO said that President Halimah Yacob at his discretion agreed with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's advice to appoint Mr. Tang.
Mr. Tang leaves the ICA and becomes a member of the CPIB as a nominated director on 17 September, before he officially takes the lead from October.
He had held various positions in the home team before joining ICA in 2016.
During his time at ICA, Mr. Tang was credited with the leading efforts to strengthen border surveillance operations and to sharpen ICA's intelligence capabilities in the face of the ongoing terrorist threat.
Mr. Tang also improved intelligence exchanges with ICA's foreign partners to combat terrorism and transnational crimes, the PMO said.
The PMO also paid tribute to the departing CPIB chief Mr. Wong.
"Mr. Wong has strengthened the office's operational and research capacity, as well as internal controls and management," said the PMO.
"Under his leadership, the agency has made significant progress in engaging external partners and implementing initiatives to promote good governance and ethical business practices in the private sector."
Mr. Wong led a national working group with various stakeholders to develop the ISO 37001 Anti-Bribery Management Systems standard.
He also strengthened the CPIB partnership with international organizations in his ongoing fight against cross-border corrupt practices, the PMO said.