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Posted: 11 August 2005 2026 hrs

JTC says presidential hopeful Andrew Kuan's work unsatisfactory
By Farah Abdul Rahim/Julia Ng, Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE : Presidential hopeful Andrew Kuan was asked to leave JTC Corp as the board was not satisfied with his job performance.

That's the revelation by JTC on Thursday after it called a news conference to provide details on the circumstances leading to Mr Kuan's resignation in July last year.

51-year-old Andrew Kuan was appointed JTC's group chief financial officer in June 2001.

After his first year, JTC was not satisfied with his performance but gave him another chance.

Things did not improve and Mr Kuan was asked to resign in September 2003.

He asked for an extension till March, but later made a request to stay on and serve his three-year term.

Come June, he still did not resign and was given the ultimatum to do so or face termination.

He finally tendered his resignation in July - after 37 months with JTC.

Over the past week, Mr Kuan has publicly spoken of his contributions to the corporation.

Now, his former employer says it has been otherwise.

Chong Lit Cheong, CEO of JTC Corp, said: "Quite a fair bit of hand holding is required and as a leader, CEO, I cannot be hand holding all my directors."

Lim Neo Chian, former Chairman of JTC Corp, said: "All of us around this table have not been satisfied with his performance - meaning for all results JTC chalked up - it is not necessarily a single person effort.

"He may have done some work here and there, but it is not Lit Cheong alone, but a number of us found his work unsatisfactory."

The Presidential Elections Committee called for JTC's assessment of Mr Kuan - which was submitted on Thursday.

Mr Kuan released a five-page CV detailing his employment history, which shows that he job-hopped between five jobs in eight years in the 1980s, before setting up his own company.

He then joined JTC in 2001, staying for slightly more than three years, before hopping to Hyflux this year for merely two-and-a-half months.

Hyflux also expressed disappointment that Mr Kuan was not honest with the company by not informing them of his personal ambitions. - CNA/de

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