To prevent corruption investigations on his involvement with CPF funds and the national reserves, dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has instructed puppet president Halimah Yacob to appoint his preferred candidate as the new director of the country’s corruption bureau.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) press release, Halimah Yacob’s “own discretion” was highlighted to cover up the legalised corruption:
“President Halimah Yacob had, at her own discretion, agreed with the advice of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to appoint Mr Tang.”
Dictator PM Lee Hsien Loong has previously orchestrated the election of Halimah Yacob – a former PAP MP for 20 years one month prior to her presidential nomination – by instructing the Election Department to disqualify her two opponent contestants in 2017. The Election Department, under the PMO, ruled Halimah Yacob the walkover winner and the presidential position effectively come under Lee Hsien Loong’s manipulation.
The new Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) director appointed is the current deputy commissioner of the police immigration department, Denis Tang Siew Taeng. The CPIB however reports directly under the PMO, which renders Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching immune to corruption investigation. The CPIB confirms their non-independence, stating on its website that it is only “functional independent”.
Lee Hsien Loong currently sits as the Chairman of GIC, while his wife Ho Ching is the CEO of Temasek Holdings. The powerful husband and wife duo dabbles in overseas investments using the country’s tax revenues and the people’s retirement fund CPF. Using his premiership powers, Lee Hsien Loong is able to depress CPF interest rates through legislation and generate more funding to GIC and Temasek Holdings through lucrative government projects like Garden By the Bay and the upcoming Terminal 5 that has an undisclosed budget. Lee Hsien Loong and Ho Ching does not declare their salaries at GIC and Temasek Holdings, effectively dipping their hands into the funds they are managing.