CPIB declares: Singapore is still one of the least ‘corrupt’ countries in the world
Posted by temasektimes on August 23, 2012
A series of high-profile corruption scandals involving top civil servants has caused Singapore to slip from 1st to 5th on the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index last year, but Singapore remains one of the least corrupt countries in the world, insists the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB).
Speaking to queries from the media, CPIB director Eric Tan stressed that with strong political will and a whole-of-government approach, Singapore is one of the least corrupt countries in the world.
“However, low corruption does not mean no corruption,” he was quick to add.
Unlike other First World countries, Singapore’s anti-corruption watchdog is not an independent body and comes under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Singapore media is also tightly controlled by the government and is ranked 151st in the world in terms of press freedom by international NGO Freedom House last year.