Why slaughter the whole flock, because of one black sheep ? – misappropriating public funds by CPIB officer


by : Fabrications Led by Opposition Parties (FLOP)

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Tighten system to fight corruption, says Singapore People’s Party

SINGAPORE — The Singapore People’s Party (SPP) today (July 24) “urgently” called on the Government to “tighten the system to fight corruption”.

“The government’s policy is that paying high salaries will mitigate corruption in the public and civil service. It is time for this policy to be questioned again,” said Mrs Lina Chiam, chairman of the SPP, in a statement.

In tackling corruption, Mrs Chiam, also a Non-constituency Member of Parliament, urged the Government to “prioritise a ‘stick’ approach, rather than a ‘carrot’ approach”.

“Corruption can only be deterred if the penalties are costlier than the potential bribe received. This should begin with imposing tougher penalties for offences such as asset misappropriation.”

This morning, Edwin Yeo, a Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau Assistant Director, was charged with criminal breach of trust, forgery and misappropriating property involving S$1.7 million. “We also note an increase in corruption-related offences among high-ranking and junior public officers recently,” said Mrs Chiam.

Source : todayonline : Tighten system to fight corruption, says Singapore People’s Party

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Comments : 

  • Nothing is free. I support the high salary for good management. So far I dont see anyone else worthy. Not in the opp.
  •  She asked “who will guard the guardians themselves against corruption?” Erm, who do you think caught him?
  • The funny thing is she is saying our high salary, high punishment system is flawed. But Singapore is ranked top 5 least corrupted country for don’t know how many years straight. So what is she talking?
  • Don’t think pay is the issue...accountability, capability and the selection process is…
  •  Because the envious petite bourgeois would like to see the rich be less rich, even if it meant the poor were poorer.
  •   So liddat.. Who wanna work for peanuts? Everyday listen to u losers kpkb. Siao…
  • I wonder how much she was paid when she was working for Potong Pasir TC and how they decided how much she should be paid.
  • People only want their own salary to go up, and they want others salary to go down.
  • Bro we are in Singapore.( pronounce Sink A Poor ).
  •  We’re sinking only because we have people who keep proclaiming it’s sinking instead of doing something more constructive with their time.

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PMO MEDIA STATEMENT ON CASE OF MISAPPROPRIATION BY CPIB OFFICER

An officer from the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) has been charged with misappropriating public funds.

We take a very serious view of this case, especially because the officer was from an agency whose mission is to uphold the integrity of our system.

CPIB first uncovered the alleged wrong-doing in September 2012. As the accused was a CPIB officer and the alleged financial impropriety could have amounted to a criminal offence, the matter was reported to the Commercial Affairs Department of the Singapore Police Force, which carried out the investigation. This was to ensure an impartial and thorough investigation.

The Prime Minister appointed an independent review panel to look at how this case happened, and to strengthen the financial procedures and audit system in CPIB to prevent a recurrence. The recommendations of the panel are being implemented.

Individual lapses can happen in an organization despite safeguards and processes to prevent wrongdoing. But so long as we uphold the fundamental importance of honest government, and other officers in the organization are alert and courageous enough to report when they think something is not right, we will sooner or later detect such transgressions and bring the culprit to justice.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also the Minister in charge of the Civil Service, said: “This case is particularly serious because it involved a senior officer in the CPIB, which is entrusted with the mission of maintaining the integrity of the system.

“Public institutions and public officers are held to the highest standards of integrity and conduct. It is vital to have in place systems and practices to ensure integrity in the public service. There must be strong enforcement when there is wrongdoing, weaknesses in processes must be tightened, and most importantly there must be good values.

“We will take strong measures to tighten up processes. PMO is examining whether any supervisory lapses may have contributed to this incident. If so, it will take action against the officers responsible.

“As there have been a number of high profile cases recently, the public is understandably concerned about whether this reflects systemic issues in the Public Service. The Service itself is concerned about this. Earlier this year, PMO asked CAD and CPIB to conduct a study of public officers investigated by them for corruption and other financial crimes over the last five years to see whether there was any change in their number or profile.

“On average, CPIB opened 39 cases involving public officers per year for investigation. These cases made up about 20% of all cases opened by CPIB. About two thirds of the investigations involving public officers led to prosecution or disciplinary proceedings.1

“Overall the study concluded that cases involving public officers have remained low and quite stable over the last five years. Keeping the numbers low requires constant effort and vigilance.

“Significantly, many cases were reported either by the public, or by officers in the public service. This suggests a strong culture in Singapore and in the Public Service which rejects corruption.

“I have asked the Head of the Civil Service to share the study’s findings with his officers and to also make the key findings public. I understand that he will be doing so by the end of the week.”

PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
24 JULY 2013

Source : PMO MEDIA STATEMENT ON CASE OF MISAPPROPRIATION BY CPIB OFFICER

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