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Owner of supermart that sold tobacco to a minor complains about getting harassed by HSA

Coconuts logo Coconuts 12/10/2017

A convenience store chain owner has taken to Facebook to air his serious grievances about the alleged harassment that he, his family, and his employees received at the hands of Health Sciences Authority (HSA) officers last week. Then the HSA dismissed his accusations via its own statement when his post went viral.

Daniel Tan — managing director and founder of Angel Supermart — stated that he was starting to “lose faith in Singapore system (sic)”, claiming he experienced excessive “terror tactics” conducted by the HSA. According to him, HSA officers have been harassing his employees at the supermart and his family in their own homes — all done in the name of investigations by the agency.

Initially, he said he had no idea why he was being investigated, and even claimed that his sister-in-law suffered a panic disorder from all the alleged intimidation.

When further queried, Tan explained he believed that the HSA was after him because of a story published in Lianhe Wanbao. Oh, and because his Woodlands store sold cigarettes to an underaged minor.

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HSA then came out with its own side of their story, calling Tan’s accusations false while assuring the public that officers “carried their duties professionally, without any harassment or threats made as alleged”.

The authority further debunked Tan’s accusations, saying that he was provided drinks during interrogations and that he freely left the interview room several times. The homes of the parties under investigation were visited, said the HSA, but officers only “knock[ed] on the door briefly and left when no one was home”.

Tan remained unmoved by the statement, and stood by his claims.

At this point of time, we don’t even know who’s being telling the truth. But what’s for sure is that the HSA won’t let Tan go so easily — it ended its statement by saying that it takes a “serious view” on individuals who make “unfounded accusations” against officers.

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