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Experts worry about fallout from HIV leak
« on: January 31, 2019, 08:43:08 am »
https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/experts-worry-about-fallout-hiv-leak

Deception by American raises questions on how he managed to evade employment checks by MOM, MOE and polytechnics

The repercussions of the HIV registry breach is likely to go beyond the 14,200 people whose personal data was leaked online, say experts.

Political analyst Eugene Tan said the scandal has raised questions on whether Singapore's systems are robust enough.

The Singapore Management University law don told The New Paper it is worrying how the man behind the leak, Mikhy Farrera Brochez, now 34, managed to evade so many checks.

After arriving here in January 2008 to join his Singaporean lover, Ler Teck Siang, the American used a fake passport to take an HIV test, which was positive.

But he managed to deceive the Ministry of Manpower about his HIV status twice with the help of Ler, who provided his own blood for the HIV tests.

He then used fake certificates to get teaching jobs at two polythenics and at least one private institution over eight years.

At Temasek Polytechnic, he taught early childhood studies and psychology from February 2009 to January 2011. It was reported in 2010 that he had a key role in setting up a child psychology clinic in the polytechnic.

He also claimed to be a child prodigy and the youngest registered psychologist in the history of the American Psychological Association.

He then worked as a lecturer in Ngee Ann's School of Humanities & Social Sciences from June 2011 to April 2012.

Highlighting how Brochez managed to get away with his deceptions for so many years, Prof Tan said: "It makes one wonder how many others might have also beaten the system.

"He might have had help, but when you look at the roles he played as an educator and child psychologist, it raises the question on whether checks across the sectors were robust enough."

Though investigations began on whether Brochez had faked the HIV tests in 2013, the couple were arrested only in 2016.

In 2017, Brochez was sentenced to 28 months in jail. After his release in April last year, he was deported.

Ler was sentenced to 24 months' jail last September for abetting Brochez's cheating offence, which he has appealed against.

He also faces another charge of mishandling confidential information under the Official Secrets Act.

On Monday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) revealed that the personal details and HIV status of 14,200 individuals had been leaked online by Brochez.

It is believed that Ler, then the head of the National Public Health Unit, had downloaded the confidential information onto a thumb drive, which somehow ended up with Brochez.

Experts agreed the incident highlighted several flaws in Singapore's systems from healthcare and education to how stringent the checks are for job applicants with certificates from overseas institutions.

Temasek and Ngee Ann polytechnics told TNP that they verify the educational certificates submitted at the point of application against the original certificates.

Prof Tan added: "We don't know how the consequences will be played out and can't say how extended they will be."

Dr Carol Balhetchet, a clinical psychologist who has experience in child psychology, said that she is "baffled" and "appalled" that Brochez was able to teach and practise for eight years.

She said: "Children, particularly those who might have special needs, behavioural issues or learning difficulties, and their parents had trusted him.

"If you give the wrong advice, the emotional and mental impact is unimaginable. To have someone unqualified doing this is really scary."

Dr Balhetchet, who is also a part-time polytechnic lecturer, said the fact that Brochez, with falsified qualifications, was allowed to teach polytechnic students is shocking.

"It tarnishes the reputation of the polytechnics and the field of psychology as a whole."












It is plainly a failure of both systems and individual moral values.

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Re: Experts worry about fallout from HIV leak
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2019, 05:13:25 pm »
the question is why did Dr. Ler Teck Siang need to download this data into a thumb-drive? ???

even bank officers can't do that with your data.

if Dr. Ler did intentionally download - what was the purpose? ???

to pass to his si chow gay partner? ???

why did he want to give such data to Mikhy Farrera Brochez? ???

what did Dr. Ler hope that Mikhy Farrera Brochez can do with the data? ???

write a book?  cure HIV?  mine some data?

isn't it patently obvious it was for malicious intent? ???

and what is the LGBTQ+ doing about this news?  blame MOH as usual .... play the "victim card" as usual
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Re: Experts worry about fallout from HIV leak
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2019, 10:30:09 pm »

How many months of performance bonuses did Gan Kim Yong get in the past few years for his “outstanding” leadership helming the Ministry of Health (MOH) and his ability to keep this HIV data leak from the public for so long?


If this incident still cannot wake you up to PAP’s level of incompetency and irresponsibility at the highest level, then probably nothing else will!


When important sensitive medical data has been leaked, the basic responsibility of any government should be to inform the affected patients as soon as possible, and offer them useful counseling and all possible help. After all, these data were leaked under their incompetent watch.


However, what happened at MOH under the hopeless PAP Minister Gan was the complete opposite. They kept quiet for two years and pretended as though nothing had happened until those patients’ information appeared on the internet.


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Re: Experts worry about fallout from HIV leak
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2019, 11:59:51 pm »
Yahoo is the bastion and defender of all things LGBTQ+ and populated by civil libertarians.  Priest ni loh   ::)  ::)  ::)

Please read and quote from a credible source laaaaar....

Using straw man's argument to deflect from the crux of the matter,  I have expected no less from yahoo ...  ::)

The heavy point (重点) to the unbiased and discerning mind is this morally flawed si chow ah-qua was allowed access to critical and confidential data.

And not only that - he downloaded the data for his si chow ah-qua  lover .... why would anyone do that? ???

It is not a failure of systems but of an individual morality and integrity.  The failure of MOH is employing him and not screening him ....

The sad outcome of this treachery is that those on the HIV list got buggered by this bugger :-[
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Re: Experts worry about fallout from HIV leak
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2019, 12:29:20 pm »
https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/background-screening-increasingly-difficult-due-privacy-laws-say-private

Private investigators and specialised firms which handle background screening of potential employees for companies here said their job is getting more difficult and some fraudulent cases may slip through.

They were commenting on how the man behind the HIV data leak, Mikhy Farrera Brochez, managed to use fake educational certificates to work as a lecturer in two polytechnics in Singapore.

The American and his Singaporean lover, Ler Teck Siang, were later convicted for their roles in cheating on two blood tests to allow the HIV-positive Brochez to pass the tests.

The Ministry of Health revealed on Monday that Brochez, who was deported after he was released from prison last April, had leaked online the personal details and HIV status of 14,200 Singaporeans and permanent residents.










MOH and MOE have failed in their checks and due diligence on employing those 2 individuals.

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https://www.asiaone.com/singapore/fury-and-fear-singapore-after-american-man-mikhy-farrera-brochez-spills-citys-hiv-secrets

But for Rico, the damage has already been done, and he fears some people with HIV will now refuse to seek treatment due to safety concerns.

"I will not be surprised if the fear drives people underground," he said.









I mean is Rico seriously stupid? .... don't engage in unprotected sex is the first step in stopping HIV
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