Monday, September 24, 2012

CPIB: What Is Corruption in Singapore?

When I think corruption, my mind hits Lee and Lee. No, not the legal firm that does HDB conveyancing but the father and son team that were recently guests of honour at the sixtieth anniversary of the CPIB. [Link] and [Link] with the son launching a book on the subject of corruption.

Merriam Webster Dictionary defines CORRUPTION as

a : impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle : depravity
b : decay, decomposition
c : inducement to wrong by improper or unlawful means (as bribery)
d : a departure from the original or from what is pure or correct

If corruption is an impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle or a departure from the original or from what is pure or correct, then there isn't much that Singapore can be proud of.

Are the following an impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle or a departure from the original or from what is pure or correct?
  • CPIB and Elections Department of Singapore under the control of PM's Office
  • No upgrading of HDB lifts and flats if one does not vote what the power demands
  • Husband is Chairman of GIC and wife is CEO of Temasek Holdings
  • Ministers paid in millions but no minimum wage for citizen workers
  • CPF for retirement at 55 delayed ad nauseam with Minimum Sum and Medisave continuously increased without the consent of the depositors
  • Subsidised price of 99-year lease-hold HDB flats which makes a mockery of the word "SUBSIDISE"! (A subsidy that profiteers?)
  • Resorting to calling Casinos (gambling dens actually) Integrated Resorts
  • Maliciously injuring the well-being of Singaporeans by importing tsunami of immigrants without a thought to the infrastructure (homes, transportation, hospitals, etc.) to accomodate them
  • Arbitrarily locking up Singaporeans through ISD for reasons beyond the understanding of Singaporeans who believe and trust in a democratic society based on justice and equality
  • Starting a national conversation that is nothing but a charmed offensive to divert attention from the challenges at hand. Is it merely a teat to pacify a citizenry emboldened now by frustration and disbelief? The Link here demonstrates the farce that's most embarrassing!
The greatest joke or irony of it all is the current Teo Chee Hian's MHA involvement in the letters between Function8 and Archbishop Nicholas Chia. [Link]

Thanks to Lord Acton, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." we are definitely learning more.



At September 24, 2012 at 11:07 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These family are in power for too long and have accumulated so much wealth. They are not worried to be voted out. Over crowding Singapore is that their problem, he can just move his family anywhere in the world. Curses to them.

At September 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is corruption in Singapore when it can be legalised?

At September 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad for all 60% Singaporeans and
sadder for the 40% Singaporeans.
For the rich and elites, corruption and unequality meant nothing to them.

At September 24, 2012 at 4:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the Scotts 88 fiasco?
Former PM Goh says he finds no impropriety in the case?

At September 24, 2012 at 8:04 PM , Blogger Chuan Ah said...

Feed Me To The Fish

My salute to you

At September 24, 2012 at 11:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

the first and foremost topic for national conversation should be "What is Corruption to Singaporeans ?"

Without understanding what corruption means, there's really no point in continuing with the so called 'national conversation'.

It leaves me to wonder whether Ah Loong's parents read Aesop fables or similar teachings on morals to him before bedtime ?

At September 25, 2012 at 12:22 AM , Anonymous Corruption said...

LKY a mere MP able to host a private dinner party for TOTAL. Who paid for this? Who gave the authority?

At September 25, 2012 at 12:23 AM , Anonymous Corruption said...

LKY a mere MP able to host a private dinner party for TOTAL in Iatana. Who paid for this? Who gave the authority?

At September 25, 2012 at 12:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you put your political, financial and personal interests above what is morally and ethically right for the people you are supposed to serve, you have lost your moral compass, and the right to rule.

“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”
― Aung San Suu Kyi, Freedom from Fear

At September 25, 2012 at 11:03 AM , Blogger The said...

/// Corruption said...
LKY a mere MP able to host a private dinner party for TOTAL in Iatana. Who paid for this? Who gave the authority? ///

Limpeh lah! Oops, sorry, should be Limkia.

At September 25, 2012 at 11:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the Millionaire Ministers are collecting business cards of all the world's business leaders.

Trying to impress and compete with each other.
To see who can rub shoulders with the most important people in the world.

The question is; 'Do Millionaire Members of Parliament have an expense account for entertainment?"

At September 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM , Blogger oldhorse42 said...

The use of a SIA plane and retrofitted it to bring back a sick wife? Wasn't SIA a public listed company? Could someone just used a public asset and converted it to his personal use? Wasn't is corruption, abuse of authority or CBT

At September 25, 2012 at 12:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the definition and where to draw the line of corruption? You will never see yourself of being corrupt, when CPIB is in your hand. Can they nail you?

At September 25, 2012 at 2:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, no, when it comes to PAP, there is never corruption, only business as usual and honest mistake. Corruption only applies to lesser mortals, not God and demi-god.

When PAP reinstate the number due to the findings of Christopher Balding, and even though they rewards themselves due to how good they are with these creative accounting, it still is never corruption, it is just simply business as usual.

Don't confuse corruption with business as usual, or business as usual as corruption.

At September 25, 2012 at 4:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Mr Lee made these remarks today while hosting French oil giant TOTAL to dinner at the Istana.

He has been on the firm's International Advisory Committee since 1993, and said the experience has given him useful inputs as a Senior Advisor to the
Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC)." unquote.

( - Total's Formula 1 commitment in 2012)

(Singapore a “Barren Island” in the 1950s A miscommunication or another untruth Jentrified Citizen)

(Singapore Notes Myth Busters)

(Diary of A Singaporean Mind Why Nations Fail)

search google, Here I am Lord with lyrics-Youtube
search google, Libera - Be Still (For The Presence Of The Lord)

Joshua Chiang

At September 26, 2012 at 10:34 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I have not here been considering the literary use of language, but merely language as an instrument for expressing and not for concealing or preventing
thought. Stuart Chase and others have come near to claiming that all abstract words are meaningless, and have used this as a pretext for advocating a kind of political quietism. Since you don't know what Fascism is, how can you struggle against Fascism? One need not swallow such absurdities as this, but one ought to recognise that the present political chaos is connected with the decay of language, and that one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end. If you simplify your English, you are freed from the worst follies of orthodoxy.
You cannot speak any of the necessary dialects, and when
you make a stupid remark its stupidity will be obvious, even to yourself.
Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties,
from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can at least change one's own
habits, and from time to time one can even, if one jeers loudly enough, send some worn-out and useless phrase — some jackboot, Achilles’ heel, hotbed, melting pot, acid test, veritable inferno, or other lump of verbal refuse — into the dustbin where it belongs." unquote.

(George Orwell Politics and the English Language)

(George Orwell The Prevention of Literature)

(Diary of A Singaporean Mind Taxes and the distorted perception of some elites__)

Joshua Chiang

At September 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suddenly a law lecturer goes to HK & wrote something not nice about Singapore law becomes the target of an investigation. Even sex with male & female students, the Chinese paper reported but it is not reported in the Shit Times ?

Anyone know what is happening ? They are trying to find some scapegoats to show how clean we can be ?

At November 1, 2012 at 8:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Find a place in this world that are better than Singapore. No or less corruption, better housing, clean place, decent jobs , safe place, etc. if other countries are so much better than here, why should they come all the way to find work. Of course, we can't expect everyone has what she or he wishes, but to me, being a Singaporean makes me proud. A small red dot but it is hot lah! Being simple in life , I are more happy and healthy. Best wishes to all of you.

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At March 22, 2015 at 12:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said! Corruption is legalised in sg. They are not afraid of losing seats. As they have already dig so much!!! When they lose. It is a great chance for them to migrated out of sg and live comfy leaving a mess of shit they created!!!

At March 22, 2015 at 12:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Using Coe to control traffic? It after 15 yrs the traffic is still so massive jam. Time to question are those minister doing their job well and are they competent? Where did all the Coe money go to? Their sky high salary and their bonus?
A politician are just normal people voted by citizens to ran a country. They shouldn't hold great power to abuse it! And if they are lousy. They should be replace without any question!!!!

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