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Crisis Centre Singapore’s fund-raising suspended after “serious concerns”

The centre is being investigated for its governance, record-keeping practices and ability to be accountable to its donors

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The Commissioner of Charities has suspended all charitable fund-raising appeals done by the Crisis Centre (Singapore) (CCS).

CCS was set up in Jan. 2018 and granted status in May 2018. It aims to provide a transitional shelter for homeless men, or men at risk of becoming homeless.

The suspension will last for six months with effect from today, August 15.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Culture, Community, Youth and Sports (MCCYS) :

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“During the suspension period, the can continue with its daily operations. This order serves to protect the public while investigations into the Charity’s fund-raising activities are ongoing.”

The Commissioner, Ang Hak Seng, added:

“We have received feedback about the fund-raising appeals conducted by the Charity. Investigations to date have raised serious concerns about the Charity’s governance, record-keeping practices and ability to be accountable to its donors”.

“Therefore, I am satisfied that there are grounds to exercise my powers under the Charities Act to suspend the conduct of fund-raising appeals by the Charity during the stated period, pending further investigations into the concerned appeals, in order to safeguard the public interest”, he added.

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Last year, a video of volunteers from mocking disabled people went viral.

In the video, a man whose face is blurred can be seen imitating the way a handicapped person walks and tries to speak and gesture. A woman can also be heard laughing with amusement in the background.

The incident seemed to have taken place at night, at the void deck of a HDB flat. The man was also wearing a t-shirt with the Crisis Centre logo on it.

Netizens slam volunteers from Crisis Centre Singapore who were filmed mocking disabled people

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