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Tighter controls needed on spending by public sector agencies

The People's Association, a large statutory board set up to promote racial harmony and social cohesion, was one of the organisations that racked up a particularly notable series of errors.

WHEN Singapore's chief auditor released his annual report of the country's public sector agencies last week, there was a sense of deja vu. Within the report's 72 pages were the same sorts of irregularities and lapses that the Auditor-General's Office (AGO) had uncovered in the last few years.