Singapore was ranked the 6th-least corrupt country in an annual ranking in 2017, according to Transparency International’s (TI) Corruptions Perceptions Index released on Wednesday (21 Feb).
A total of 180 countries were scored from a scale of 0, which is highly corrupt, to 100, which is very clean.
Singapore received a score of 84, which placed it right below the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland and Norway, as well as Switzerland.
New Zealand topped the list of least corrupt countries for the fifth time in 6 years.
Singapore has had a long, and largely successful, history combating corruption.
Since the days of our founding fathers, the PAP chose to wear white shirts and trousers to give the public the impression it was clean and incorruptible.
A Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) was also instituted even before our independence in 1960.
Under the act, all residents of Singapore with wealth disproportionate to what they claim can be charged in court and have that wealth confiscated.
Additionally, in recent years, albeit causing public discontent, ministerial salaries were raised to ‘competitive’ levels pegged to the private sector, with one of the main objectives to prevent corruption.
Nonetheless, there have been very publicised incidences of corruption in recent years. The most notorious being the City Harvest Church Scandal, where church leaders embezzled over $50 million in church funds for personal gain.
Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau
The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) has responded in a statement that the corruption situation in Singapore “remains under control” with a low incidence of corruption.
“With the strong mandate from the government, the CPIB will continue to fight corruption resolutely and safeguard the integrity of the Singapore public service,” said CPIB’s director Wong Hong Kuan.
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