Corruption Cases In Singapore Remain Low For Seven Years
The Singapore Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said that the number of graft cases investigated by the agency remains low for seven consecutive years. This was revealed by the annual report of CPIB.
According to the report, CPIB investigated a total of 138 cases in 2011, 75 percent of these were from the private sector. As opposed to the 428 cases in 2005, the record showed a significant drop, which had become a continuing trend of declining cases for the past seven years.
CPIB said that the as a result of fewer complaints on corruption, there had been a visibly lower number of corruption cases opened in the recent years. A total of 757 complaints were seen last year. But some these complaints lacked the substantial information needed to launch investigations.
Statistics also show that the number of people charged for corruption has been declining since 2009. Out of the 135 people charged in 2011, 10 were from government agencies, statutory boards, and government-linked companies.
According to CPIB, an estimated 92 per cent to 96 per cent of the cases opened for the past seven years resulted to conviction.
Meanwhile, in a recent 60th-anniversary celebration of CPIB, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong affirmed that the government will not tolerate corrupt practices among its people. Several measures had been undertaken by the government to promote transparency and eliminate corruption in the country.
According to PM Lee, so far, despite recent probes, Singapore remains to be under control in terms of corruption cases.
In the 1950’s when Singapore was still a third world country, corruption was very rampant. Now the country boasts of being the least corrupt nations in the world.
Singapore is the fifth least corrupt nation in the world, in the latest annual ranking by corruption watchdog Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2011. It ranked behind New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden.
Through the years, Singapore has lived up to its reputation for being clean, honest and having an efficient government.Singapore says its system stays honest because of the high salaries it pays its civil servants and ministers, which eliminates the temptation for bribes. Singapore ministers are the highest paid politicians in the world. Lee’s annual salary is S$3.1 million (US $2.4 million), five times President Barack Obama’s paycheck of S$400,000.