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Maharaj: Why We Sacked Six Officers

Maharaj: Why We Sacked Six Officers
LTA board chairperson, Vijay Maharaj
April 20
11:00 2017

The Land Transport Authority has revealed why it sacked six of its officers as it cracks down on alleged misconduct, abuse and corruption.

More officers have faced other disciplinary action.

LTA board chairperson, Vijay Maharaj, said some of the reasons why people had been terminated and suspended pending investigations were as follows:

  • Falsifying official documents
  • Soliciting money for exchange of favours
  • Generating duplicate receipts to charge extra money to customers
  • Passing defective vehicles
  • Passing vehicles that were never checked at or by LTA
  • Not accounting for money charged to customers
  • Demanding money from customers
  • Colluding with stakeholders, staff to collect unaccounted money for personal gain
  • Unethical behaviour, and unprofessional behaviour
  • Manipulate the records of LTA and performances in breach of LTA approved policies.

The LTA was responding after a post on social media (Facebook) which had been circulated claiming managers of LTA had terminated their staff without due process.

Mr Maharaj said the broader definition of corruption was: “If you do anything unethical that does not have moral conscientiousness and are not according to LTA’s Act, Regulations & Policy; those can be termed broadly as corrupted cases because LTA is a statutory body of the Government.

“We are in process of reporting these matters to FICAC and we let FICAC do its own investigation, findings and assessment under its own laws.

“For LTA investigations, it is dealt with by LTA’s HR policy. The executive management are currently exercising the power in absence of the CEO upon the approval of the LTA board.

“The board gets informed of these issues that are dealt with by all the general managers, team leaders, managers, HR (Human Resources), legal officers and the LTA board.

“There has been recently, instances of people working in LTA without proper employment contract, had been misusing the LTA vehicles and properties, which the executive management had to rectify with urgency.

“We had to look into the severity of the cases and do what was right for LTA as an organisation,” Mr Maharaj said.

He said the issues had to be dealt with.

We cannot ignore or look over it, given that some of these issues are re-occurring patterns of unethical behaviour over the last 16 years by the same individual employees.

“We had to suspend staff to allow due processes for investigations to be conducted.

“Then it was forwarded to HR department for the proper processes to be followed in accordance with the policy together with an audit report, where applicable.

“It is initiated from the regional managers, their respective general managers and the respective departments.

“It comes to the executive management for a final decision to be made and where necessary, for LTA Board to make decisions.”

He said those people were from around the country branches of LTA, while others were put on suspension.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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