The nephew of former Prosecutor-general Ho Chio Meng was removed from his position with the Public Prosecutor’s Office two days after his uncle mentioned that he had received requests from two government officials to appoint family members to cabinet positions.
According to news agency Lusa, Ieong Chon Kit ceased his functions as a 1st level Deputy Technical Specialist on December 14, having worked in the Public Prosecutor’s Office in 2008 during the time his uncle was Prosecutor-general.
The decision comes after the former top official stated during a court hearing that he had received calls, while he was Prosecutor-general, from two Secretaries surnamed Chan, regarding requests for cabinet appointments for their relatives.
Secretary Sonia Chan has since confirmed to the press that she did call Mr. Ho to recommend a family member but denied any illegality or nepotism.
The Official Gazette dispatch, announcing the employment termination of Ho’s nephew, was signed by the Chief-of-Staff of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Tam Peng Tong, husband of Secretary Chan.
However, according to the release, Mr. Ieong was informed of his termination prior to the start of his uncle’s trial, on December 9.
Mr. Ieong was also mentioned during the ongoing corruption trial of the former top official, with Mr. Ho being accused of having taken his wife and nephew - then a minor - to a Public Prosecutors Conference in Denmark in 2005, for which travel expenses were paid by the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
According to the accusation, the trip included private visits to the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia, with the former Prosecutor stating to have had authorisation from then-Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah to take his spouse and cover the expenses of his nephew. with Lusa