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    http://www.straitstimes.com/Free/Sto...ry_260042.html

    In his report, Mr Lim also took the Singapore Tourism Board to task for spending $1.51 million over seven years on feasibility studies, maintenance and reinstatement works to turn Capitol Theatre into a performing arts venue, only to find that it was not a viable project.

    The building stood vacant until it was returned to the Singapore Land Authority last year. Mr Lim reckoned the rental revenue foregone to exceed $280,000 a year.

    The report also highlighted the lack of transparency in the calls for tender bids and irregularities in payment.

    One such irregularity was serious enough to have been referred to the police for investigation.

    Acting on an anonymous tip-off alleging favouritism in the awarding of contracts to redevelop the Singapore Discovery Centre (SDC), the Auditor-General's Office found irregularities in 92 per cent of the contracts awarded to one contractor and another company with links to the contractor.

    As the SDC - which promotes national education here - is related to the Ministry of Defence, Mindef referred the matter to the police in April.

    Contacted last night, Mindef said investigations were still underway.
    What a waste of $...

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    u scratch my back, i scratch urs?

    oni 1 irregularity is serious enough to warrant police investigation wad...

    e rest nevermind wan...

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    A soft rap on the knuckles is all they get usually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123 View Post
    A soft rap on the knuckles is all they get usually.
    .. still get paid for "doing their job"...

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    and making honest mistakes :P

    Quote Originally Posted by sORe-EyEz View Post
    .. still get paid for "doing their job"...

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    "the guy who asked for this feasibility study ah? left liao. don't worry; I won't waste your money the same way."

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    "S$1.51 million?...that's peanuts."

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    2.5 peanuts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123 View Post
    2.5 peanuts?
    I stand corrected! A bit more peanuts!

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    Uniquely singapore

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    ownage...gonna give to it them, what a nice way to spend $$$

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    i could have employed staff to operate the place 24/7 for people looking for abandoned places to shoot. dun even need cleaners, must have all the dirt to look aged & authentic mah!

    a minimal fee of $5 for 2hr shoot per pax would have suffice. in e heart of town, tourists would have loved a short write-up at e entrance. a slice of S'pore history somemore. win-win-win situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazmee View Post
    I stand corrected! A bit more peanuts!
    yet we pay our ministers even more peanuts to make these happens
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    Quote Originally Posted by zcf View Post
    yet we pay our ministers even more peanuts to make these happens
    Hey, don't get so upset. It is just peanuts remember?

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    I don't understand the fuss. The purpose of a feasibiity study is to find out whether something is actually feasible. So is the complaint that $1.5M is too much to spend for a feasibility study?

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    next time do a cost-free study b4 a feasiblility study is carried out.

    that amount, some1 managed to pull a fast 1 there arh?!

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    Maybe also the study took too long? 7 years!

    Quote Originally Posted by waileong View Post
    I don't understand the fuss. The purpose of a feasibiity study is to find out whether something is actually feasible. So is the complaint that $1.5M is too much to spend for a feasibility study?

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    Spent $1.51M for nothing is better that spending that amount to build more ERP gantry.

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    I think what they cared for is deploy security and make sure photographers aren't there to take pictures!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123 View Post
    Maybe also the study took too long? 7 years!
    makes me wonder wad they are studying. history lessons? archaeology? architecture?

    those people hired got fake degrees arh?

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