The Monetary Authority of Singapore sees it fit to first hire a non-citizen, Sopnendu Mohanty, as Chief Fintech Officer handling sensitive data in the Singapore. It then further permtted him to assume a significant position in a foreign government, specifically the government of his home state of Odisha in India. The state government released a statement mentioning that Mr Mohanty will "enjoy the status" of a minister of state.
They then claimed that the post is taken up in his "personal capacity" and because he receives no compensation, no conflict of interest arises.
Yet the conflict is clear as day. That a foreign citizen is allowed to take up a senior government position, then allowed to double hat in a foreign government is unconscionable. There are no safeguards, and clearly a lack of loyalty to the people of Singapore.
We demand an investigation into the appointment in India, who approved it, who approved Mr Mohanty's hiring in MAS and why there is a lack of basic sense of accountability to Singapore as far as MAS is concerned.