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PM Lee praises PAP’s political system which emphasizes ‘integrity’ and ‘incorruptibility’

Posted by temasektimes on September 18, 2012

Despite a drop in corruption ranking in the annual study conducted by Transparency International, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong continues to lavish generous self-praise on the PAP’s political system for keeping the country ‘corruption-free’.

Speaking at the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau’s (CPIB’s) 60th anniversary celebrations on Tuesday, PM Lee declared that “it is far better to suffer embarrassment and keep the system clean than to pretend that nothing has gone wrong and let the rot spread” in reference to recent sex scandals involving top civil servants.

However, PM Lee was quick to add that the number of complaints had ‘steadily decreased’ in the last few years as well as the number of cases taken to court.

He added that the CPIB has been able to do its work because it belongs to a larger political and government system which emphasises integrity and incorruptibility.

Unlike other First World countries, there are no independent corruption watchdog agencies in Singapore. CPIB is directly under the Prime Minister’s Office.

 

58 Responses to “PM Lee praises PAP’s political system which emphasizes ‘integrity’ and ‘incorruptibility’”

  1. Ah Gong said

    The corruption is within the PAP and the Lee Dynasty

  2. Pink Panty Loong said

    This is because all the dirtiness & corruptibility are LEEgalized….

  3. I fully agree with our PM. Just turn around and look at some ASEAN countries and you notice the big difference. Thanks PM….

  4. James said

    One of the rot is paying ministers 35 months bonuses. Is that incorruptibility or legalised corruption???

  5. Singkaypoh said

    puke/barf/vomit

    • Singkaypoh said

      Show us the money…. or rather, the country’s money, the reserves, which nobody seems to care about in your National CONversation

  6. pap oldguards said

    PM Lee must have felt his balls laughing when he made this proclamation.

  7. Confessor said

    Bullshit ! The only difference between SG and other countries is that ours is “above-board”.

  8. fpc said

    another mental masturbation exercise

  9. happy said

    sex for grades

    sex for contract

    blow job for contract

    sexual gratification

    sexual assault on our school children

    LTA humougous scandal to a tune of millions

    this is just the tip of the iceberg

    small fries but big sharks roam free

  10. Jenny said

    Poor man, he is still living in his own little world despite his age.

  11. Tortoise said

    Corruption had been legalised in Singapore when ministers pay themselves millions of $$$ every year in the name of “attracting talents”. That’s how we ended up with the likes of Kate Spade, Kee Chiu, Doctor who spent yrs saving kids instead of serving NS.

    • True BLUE Sinkie said

      There is no corruption in Singapore. It is solely restricted to the Lee FamiLee, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, cousins, distant cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law….

  12. Naivety said

    It is too early to judge & tell Pinky, please do not speak too soon & be so indulged in self-praising!
    Wait for the change in regime then we will really see what happens…some skullduggery work are required to ensure that
    there is indeed no skeletons hidden in the closet!

  13. legion said

    Why don’t you open your books and let us view its content. We will keep our silence then. But if you dare not open your books, you cannot stop us from thinking in that line

  14. SMC said

    So how many civil servants produces fake results now?
    We always hear great news from Uni and Poly about how great
    are our educational system.
    Now, perhaps you can let us know, how come we have such a
    great system but we still need so many foreign trash?
    Worst, these trash are from India, Pinoy and China.
    What is your real INTENTION?

    MOM spent 600 on each chairs, till now, nothing happen to those
    who are involved in the tender process nor the management involved?
    Just give us back our green spaces. We need fruits trees, flowers,
    ponds, nature etc. NOT stinko Ah Neh that stay around US.

  15. aceboy said

    they’d forgotten to look into the PA and RCs a “hotbed” of “activities” there

  16. Fox said

    Any independent party look into GIC yet?

  17. GaanMaro said

    Dear PM, yes we have always been on our guard against monetary corruption. But how about moral corruption? How do we fight moral corruption in our country? How do we trap the fat cats and put them behind bars?

  18. legion said

    Maybe its time for PM to go for a full medical checkup?
    also all member of Pap

  19. SMC said

    have CPIB check grassroot, TC and of course all the ppl sitting in the parliament, including PM Lee himself? What they surfaced is just the tip of the iceberg… nothing to be proude od PM lee. THere are tons of rotten trade even at grass root and TC level, you are hinting you donno?

    • Realist said

      Grassroot and TC are inclined more towards greediness than corruption.

      • unedited hard truth said

        serving party interest and self interest rather than sporeans can be deemed as morally corrupt, and you can include lack of integrity and accountability.

        this is what the PAP is all about ever since the old guards retired except for one

  20. SAS said

    do you know why the snowmen smell carrots?

    is it because the carrots are their noses themselves and they don’t even know it or pretend not to know?

  21. xiao said

    Mr Lee, isn’t nepotism a subset of corruption?

  22. Ah Gong said

    Dont be surprised if the Lee family and its cronies occupy the top 10 billionaires in Forbes list

  23. Silver said

    PM Lee praises PAP’s political system which emphasizes ‘integrity’ and ‘incorruptibility’
    Self Praise Is an International Disgrace…….
    Shame on you ……
    Tell me how many Singaporeans sing the same praises ????

  24. Robin Hood said

    They scapegoated themselves to put up a clean front. Teh Chiang Wan had long gone to the other world now and LKY must have felt very relieved. He had made a blunder earlier in Parliament praising his ‘Chinese-educated minister’ in front of everybody there and shown on TV. Chiang Wan was probably too frighten to go to jail after facing his boss, faceless.

    Earlier in history, LKY sacked Wee Toon Boon for misdemeanors related to his capacity as minister, went for trial and imprisoned. Toon Boon is nowhere known now. Anybody knows where he is. Lastest news decades ago is that his wife and son migrated to HK.

    Can’t say that there is very little corrupt practices in Singapore. Being away from your place of work for personal reasons is also deemed as corruption. So is accepting lunch or a stick of cigarette from the contractor.

    • At least he removed Wee Toon Boon (what kind of name is that?).

      • herm said

        If a triad or mafia supreme leader removes one or two of his henchmen, is that a big deal ?
        Is it wise to assume there will be no more gang activities ?

      • I’m not assuming anything.
        I’m just pointing out that he removed at least one questionable MP.

      • herm said

        The most questional person himself removed at least one questionable MP.
        Do u agree it is no big deal ?
        That means the system is still corrupt as ever, right ? That is the thrust of my argument. I am not suggesting you assume, try to understand this and look at the bigger picture.

  25. True BLUE Sinkie said

    The entire PAP cabinet is already corrupt with the million-dollar salaries.What integrity and incorruptibility is Lee talking about?

  26. True BLUE Sinkie said

    Hey Ah Loong, each time I watch Daniel Martin chairing the show on Talking Point @ Channel News Asia, I have doubts regarding the voting results. Is there anyway that you can appoint an independent watchdog and ensure that the results are not “electronically” skewed in favour of PAP policies? It is very easy for the PAP to use electronic softwares and programs to twitt and vote and skew or moderate the results in case of extreme swing of votes against PAP policies and topics of discussions during the show.

    • The 1st Presidential elections in 1992 – thats what happened. During the counting, when the Stamford Tyre opponent was leading against Ong Teng Cheong, the fax machine broke down for 4-6 hours – Instigated by ISD and subsequently OTC won “with a clear mandate”. LKY later admitted that the candidate was deliberately put up to gauge the mood of the electorate.

  27. True BLUE Sinkie said

    The CPIB should look into the activities of the Community Centres involving RC Heads, CCC Heads, committee members who have their own self interest and agenda like supplying bottled water, stationery, catering services, contracts and renovation, cleaning services, tour-organizing, functions, etc. There is hot bed of activities going on within the inner circles. Since these people cant earn million-dollar salaries like the ministers, they might as well make their money indirectly here. Everyone one knows that, except the CPIB

  28. Jaded said

    what about accountability and transparency?

  29. WALKING ZOMBIES said

    His bloody skin is getting thicker and thicker each day.

    • alcatraz said

      I will not be surprised if he has a DNA that inhibits sense of shame, sense of honour.
      In fact I will go another step and say he probably has another DNA that inhibits sense of leadership, sense of courage.

  30. Babuseng said

    CPIB and SCDF chiefs get thrown under the bus because they are not PAP folks, rather they are high ranking civil service members. Imagine a high ranking PAP minister who is corrupt, do you really think they will drag him on the street? Yeah, right.

  31. Julie Ong said

    Mr Lee Hsien Loong, you must be joking! Integrity and incorruptibility. Perhaps by your own standards and that of your father’s.

    Just one issue: CPF. How come you have so much integrity, but you’re still holding my money and that of many of my fellow Singaporeans? We are all over 55 years old. The CPF is a retirement fund designed for total withdrawal at age 55. Why were the rules and conditions changed at the government’s will and fancy? It is our hard earned money. You must have lost our money through gambling on ‘investments’ in dubious commercial enterprises. Is this your idea of integrity? To be honest I doubt your integrity and that of your father’s because the latter is just too defensive and self-righteous. Experience teaches me that the real upright person does not brag or big note himself/herself on their honesty. So, to prove your integrity please release all the CPF money to all eligible Singaporeans and non-citizens now. Not to do so simply means that you are trying to spin/con us again!

    How’s that, Mr Prime Minister?

    • Naivety said

      Both Temasek Holdings & GIC need these CPF monies to fund their reckless investments & speculative ventures if release CPF monies in 1 whole lump sum upon retirement to everybody, how are both Temasek & GIC going to tap & obtain their sources of funds for these purpose then?

  32. Bright Knight said

    Nothing is perfect,
    but still extremely proud to be a Singaporean!

    • cad knight said

      Agree nothing is perfect, except PAP hypocrites who pretend they have integrity, pretend they are serving the people and pretend it is not morally corrupt helping themselves to taxpayers’ money by the millions. what do u think?

      • Bright Knight said

        I think..
        If you come from the management levels point of view, do you know how much responsibilities these people shoulder?

        I think..
        Singaporeans just do not appreciate what they have, and we THINK what done for us are what we are borned to deserve.

        I think..
        Singaporeans are typically immature when it comes to viewing politics. We are so narrow-minded and we are speaking foul of the govt ONLY because the modern society does so.

        I think..
        Taxpayers pay 2%-20% income tax, and if you are knowledgable enough to notice we are one of the lowest income taxed first world country!

        I think..
        (for you to say they are helping themselves with taxpayers money)
        Assuming income tax at 10% For average. Do you think it is even close enough to sustain our improvements e.g. hdb upgrading, lifestyle facilities upgrading, public maintenance, new infrastructures, road and new mrt lines?!
        Do the maths!

        And I think..
        If wasn’t for what the govt did to boost our economy, will we have the kind of standard of living today?

      • Cad knight said

        have some sense of proportion when you argue for the PAP led govt.

        a) do you think PM Lee and his stooges have more responsibilities than the leaders in Europe, US, China, Korea, Japan, etc ?

        b) do the above leaders pay themselves millions of dollars in comparison to our PM who needs 6 in his PMO and 2 DPMs to do his job for him, not counting 80 MPs at his disposal ?

        c) do you think our state institutions have acted independently in the interest of the people or acted like they are beholden to the govt?

        d) do you see the world leaders putting their father, daughter-in-law, family members, etc to run state funds ? in other words, do you see these leaders practise nepotism and cronyism blatantly ?

        e) in terms of proportion in size, do you see any country that has allowed greater influx of foreigners than Spore, bearing in mind it is a tiny island?

        f) do you actually believe a salary of $1,000pm is good enough to buy the cheapest HDB flat ? what do you think an HDB actually costs ? Any idea ?

        g) while our income tax is lower than many countries, do sporeans not pay many forms of high taxes, such as property tax, coe, parf, gst, maid levy, etc, etc ? the electricity tarifs is one of the highest in the world and this tiny island has countless of erps positioned to collect toll besides parking charges.

        h) despite having the highest savings rate in the world, are you aware 50% sporeans are deemed to have insufficient cpf for retirement? are you also aware the malaysian govt pays better interest than Sin govt for a similar provident fund ?

        I can go on and on, but for the moment it is about what PM Lee has proclaimed, and I rather sporeans settle once and for all, what it really means to have integrity and to be incorruptible.
        So far you have evaded commenting on this.

      • Naivety said

        Agreed with you fully…Cad knight

        I do believe that sheeple Bright Knight is seriously deluded & brainwashed!!!

  33. Karen said

    LHL should reminded that nepotism is also corruption. His wife has lost billions of taxpayers’ money investing overseas yet she is not held accountable. Why? Nepotism is the only rational explanation.

    • True BLUE Sinkie said

      His wife was supposed to be reporting to him, but he tweaked it and his wife had to report to another minister, I supposed. His entire family and siblings seem to be reporting directly or indirectly to Sian Loong.

  34. Bright Knight said

    I think..
    If you come from the management levels point of view, do you know how much responsibilities these people shoulder?

    I think..
    Singaporeans just do not appreciate what they have, and we THINK what done for us are what we are borned to deserve.

    I think..
    Singaporeans are typically immature when it comes to viewing politics. We are so narrow-minded and we are speaking foul of the govt ONLY because the modern society does so.

    I think..
    Taxpayers pay 2%-20% income tax, and if you are knowledgable enough to notice we are one of the lowest income taxed first world country!

    I think..
    (for you to say they are helping themselves with taxpayers money)
    Assuming income tax at 10% For average. Do you think it is even close enough to sustain our improvements e.g. hdb upgrading, lifestyle facilities upgrading, public maintenance, new infrastructures, road and new mrt lines?!
    Do the maths!

    And I think..
    If wasn’t for what the govt did to boost our economy, will we have the kind of standard of living today?

  35. True BLUE Sinkie said

    His dad or mom gave him the name Lee “Sian” Loong at birth. The clerk at the registry or birth and deaths made a typo error and his name was officially registered as Lee Hsien Loong.

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