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Published by Gaurav Singh
Eradicating Corruption—The Singapore Experience
Eradicating Corruption—The Singapore Experience

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Eradicating Corruption—The Singapore Experience
 By Mr. Muhammed Ali
Acting Assistant DirectorCorrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, Singapore
Presentation PaperforThe Seminar on International Experiences on Good Governanceand Fighting CorruptionThursday, February 17, 2000Pimarnmek Room, 3
rd
Floor, The Grand Hotel Bangkok
 
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Eradicating Corruption—The Singapore Experience
 By Mr. Muhammed Ali
Acting Assistant DirectorCorrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, SingaporeI am very honoured to represent Singapore at this prestigious seminar. My paper is on“Eradicating Corruption - The Singapore Experience” and I hope to share with you ourexperiences in fighting corruption, which has made Singapore one of the cleanest,corruption free countries in the world. In Singapore we have a very strong anti-corruptionpolicy which recognises that corruption control:a.has a strategic significance in national development;b.provides a source of competitive advantage. Investors are happy doing businessif there is an efficient, clean and transparent environment without beingencumbered by bribery;c.is part and parcel of good governance for the common good of the citizens;d.contributes to the meritocratic ideal, levelling the playing field becauseunchecked corruption has the following detrimental effects;e.distorts accepted and cherished values, particularly achievement orientednessand diligence;f.undermines fairness and stability in society;g.subverts the course of justice and weakens the rule of law especially if bribesare paid to prevent law enforcement, there will be contempt and hostilitytowards authority
 
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In its relentless fight against corruption we have the following measures in place:a.Legislative Measures against Corruptionb.Administrative Measuresc.Preventive Guidelinesd.Action against corrupt government officerse.Court Punishment for Corruptionf.Departmental Punishment for Corruptiong.Roles of Government Agencies
LEGISLATIVE MEASURES AGAINST CORRUPTION
In 1959, when Singapore attained self-government, we inherited from the British agovernment service where corruption was quite rampant. Syndicated corruption andgreasing the palms of public officers in return for the services was common. Enforcementaction then was difficult against the corrupt because of:a.weak laws: the offence was non-seizable and the powers provided to theofficers of the CPIB were inadequate to enable them to carry out their dutieseffectively;b.gathering of evidence was difficult because of the weak anti-corruption law andthis had resulted in many corrupt public officers getting away with their crime;c.the people generally were less educated and did not know their rights. Theywere submissive in their dealings with public officers in authority and wereaccustomed to unfair treatment by them;d.public officers were not adequately paid compared with those in the privatesector. Many of them became indebted through lavish lifestyle. Integrity in thepublic service was therefore lacking and some of the public officers resorted tocorruption to make ends meet;e.CPIB officers then were drawn from the Singapore Police Force on shortsecondment. They were not fully committed to combating corruptionespecially when it involved their fellow police officers. Furthermore, the short

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