Pointing his finger at the private sector, Minister of State Chan Chun Sing said in Parliament today (Mar 1) that corruption is very well under his control:
“Corruption in Singapore remains under control, with the majority of the cases occurring in the private sector.”
The former army general then embarrassed himself by wrongfully quoting Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, where Singapore ranked 6th out of 180th countries. The Index is not an indicator of corruption, but rather “perceived corruption” – which meant how corrupted the country is perceived instead of how corrupted it actually is.
Minister Chan Chun Sing then recited from his primary school textbook saying “low crime does not mean no crime” and poured praises of the Corrupt Investigation Practice Bureau (CPIB) under the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Singapore’s corruption agency is however not independent, and it is unable to investigate the Prime Minister.
Minister Chan Chun Sing ended his parliament speech saying that he will consult Lee Hsien Loong’s former private lawyer Lucien Wong, who is the current Attorney General, how to change existing corruption laws under the Prevention of Corruption Act.