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17-07-2005, 11:09 AM
Reported in the papers that this charity foundation CEO was paid more than RM1 million, travels first class, expensive toilet fittings etc etc.

Anyone knows how much our local charity foundation CEOs are paid?

17-07-2005, 06:23 PM
Reported in the papers that this charity foundation CEO was paid more than RM1 million, travels first class, expensive toilet fittings etc etc.

Anyone knows how much our local charity foundation CEOs are paid?
Was reading the Sunday Times in Spore, and it was a big hoo ha in Spore!
TT Durai was reportedly suing SPH for defamation. The turn of events had resulted in defence councel for SPH countering with questions all over... It was a case of transparency and accountability on the use of public funds.

Following were extracts taken from ChannelNewsAsia. Read on...

Time is GMT + 8 hours
Posted: 11 July 2005 2036 hrs

NKF's administration brought to public scrutiny in case against SPH
By S Ramesh, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : The National Kidney Foundation's (NKF) defamation suit against the Singapore Press Holdings has opened in the High Court.

The case centres around an article in the Straits Times published on 19 April 2004 entitled "The NKF Controversially ahead of its time".

And first to take the stand was the NKF's CEO, TT Durai who made some startling revelations during cross examination by SPH's Senior Counsel Davinder Singh.

The article in question was written by SPH's journalist Susan Long, whom NKF is also suing.

It had an account of a contractor who had been hired to install some bathroom fittings for its new headquarters in 1995.

NKF says the article had many falsehoods and half truths. But Monday's hearing was more than just about toilet fittings.

It was a public scrutiny of how the NKF is administered and run, the travel patterns of its senior executives and the chief executive officer, and what salaries were paid to the CEO in the last three years.

The court heard that CEO Durai got a twelve month bonus last year. And between 2002 and 2004, he would have earned close to S$1.8 million.

From the outset, Senior Counsel Davinder Singh who is acting for SPH, emphasized the importance of transparency and public accountability on NKF's part as every cent which NKF spent came from public donations.

Several senior officials from NKF were in court to follow the proceedings, including its patron Mrs Goh Chok Tong.

- CNA /ls


Time is GMT + 8 hours
Posted: 13 July 2005 1736 hrs

NKF gets public backlash after court revelations
By Farah Abdul Rahim, Channel NewsAsia
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SINGAPORE : The National Kidney Foundation and its CEO TT Durai was the talk of town on Wednesday.

This comes after they withdrew their defamation suits against Singapore Press Holdings, following a two-day hearing where the court heard about Mr Durai's pay and job perks.

Some 3,800 donors have cancelled their contributions to the organisation.

At the same time, some 15,000 people signed an online petition calling for Mr Durai to step down.

But NKF staff have rallied behind their boss.

The public spoke out swiftly - in the wee hours of the morning, vandals defaced a signboard outside the NKF building at Kim Keat Road.

Painters were quick to repaint the graffiti but the damage had already been done.

In cyberspace, signatures came pouring in at an online petition website for Mr Durai to step down.

Even at Channelnewsasia.com's online forum, public disappointment was clear.

Many donors said they would cut their donations to the charity after the revelations in court.

This has now put the organisation and its spending under intense public scrutiny.

"They have been misleading to the public, they are already so cash rich, so I am going to withdraw my monthly GIRO I have been paying them."

"It is very unfair, it is a misuse of the money we donated to the organisation.

"If they need our money, we will donate but if they use our money for other needs, then it is not fair as it is difficult for us to make ends meet and when we donate whatever little we have, we do not know where this money goes to."

Besides this call for greater accountability, the majority of those who spoke to Channel NewsAsia said they will not stop donations to the NKF.

"Why should we penalise the kidney patients? They are the beneficiaries, it is the management. We should continue to support the patients."

"I will still donate, it is about helping people. What if someone in your family gets kidney disease or cancer?"

"The NKF still needs to raise funds here and there, and as a Singaporean, I don't mind to chip in a bit."

Despite the backlash, many staff members and patients at the National Kidney Foundation have rallied behind its chief Mr Durai, and they have also called on donors to take a more measured response to the revelations over the past few days.

Dialysis patient Chan Poh Choo, 58, visits a dialysis centre three times a week for treatment.

She made a plea to donors not to write off the NKF because of what has happened.

Ms Chan said: "As a patient, I know the NKF has done a lot for kidney, cancer patients or else we can't afford expensive dialysis and with medical so costly now, the NKF has done a lot and I hope it will carry on with the good work they have done, as we need the funds for survival."

For Job Loei, he is not just a patient but has been working closely with patients there.

Mr Loei said: "Whatever money we raised goes back to the public. Mr Durai has worked very hard, I have seen him over the past four years. He is very passionate about the cause and no matter what, he has done a good job and I will stand by him."

Mr Durai is seen as the engine of the organisation, not only for the 1,800 patients at the 21 dialysis centres islandwide, but also among his 900-strong staff.

Ms Michelle Ang, Deputy Communications Director of NKF, said: "He addressed staff to explain the decision on withdrawing the case, and they gave him a standing ovation.

"As we all know how hard he has worked, his whole life has been about the NKF, the patients especially, as he knows them by name, he sees everyone of them so we all know what TT Durai stands for and he is a great boss."

That is the general consensus among many staff members of the man who has played a key role in building the NKF over the years. - CNA/de
Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/157746/1/.html

17-07-2005, 06:38 PM
Do anyone has any idea every RM1 donated to charity, e.g the Tsunami fund actually goes to the victims? Is there any transparency or accountability or a proper statement of accounts submitted.

If I recall, there was some ho ha over the collection for some TV personality and everytime just died down after some time. Similarly, do our donations goes to maintaining the lifestyle of the rich and famous or provide food to the poor and unknown?

17-07-2005, 10:42 PM
They, at least, still have the honour to do the next best thing - the chairman and the entire board resigned. Including Mrs Goh Chok Tong, wife of the Senior Minister.

07-08-2005, 05:55 PM
Every Ringgit you donate to NKF Malaysia via this "charity", only 10 cents goes to NKF!