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Senior official claims bias in UN contracts probe

[b]Senior official claims bias in UN contracts probe[/b]

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

[b]United Nations, 27 January, (IPS):[/b] Andrew Toh of Singapore, a U.N. assistant secretary-general who has been placed on "special leave with full pay" while his office is under investigation, has implicitly accused the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) of discrimination on grounds of nationality.

"Whether nationality plays a part in this crude discriminatory practice, as reported in some quarters, is a matter of speculation at this stage although this sort of treatment of Singaporeans in the U.N. is not without precedence," he said.

A preliminary investigation by OIOS of potential abuse relating to U.N. contracts has resulted in eight officials being placed on special leave with full pay -- four from the Department of Management and four from the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

Toh, the highest-ranking Singaporean in the Secretariat, is the head of the Office of Central Support Services (OCSS) which comes under the Department of Management.

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