TJS: Public Inquiry into Allegations of Interference with the Integrity of Singapore’s Public Service

The following is a letter addressed to the President of Singapore, Tony Tan, by former Presidential candidate, Mr Tan Jee Say.

Dear President,

Public Inquiry into Allegations of Interference with the Integrity of Singapore’s Public Service

Singaporeans are disturbed by many things said in the Public Statement of Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang entitled “What has happened to Lee Kuan Yew’s values?” and released three days ago on 14 June 2017 (attached herewith).

In this letter to you as President of Singapore, I will dwell on one particular aspect that is pertinent to your key role of safeguarding the integrity of the public service.

I reproduce the relevant quotations from their statement :

“Since the passing of Lee Kuan Yew, on 23 March 2015, we have felt threatened by Hsien Loong’s misuse of his position and influence over the Singapore government and its agencies to drive his personal agenda. We are concerned that the system has few checks and balances to prevent the abuse of government.

We feel big brother omnipresent. We fear the use of the organs of state against us and Hsien Yang’s wife, Suet Fern. The situation is such that Hsien Yang feels compelled to leave Singapore.

Singapore has no such thing as the wife of the prime minister being a ‘first lady’. Lee Kuan Yew was Prime Minister from 1959 to 1990. During those many years, his wife (our mother) consistently avoided the limelight, remaining his stalwart supporter and advisor in private. She lived discreetly, and set a high bar for the conduct of a prime minister’s wife. She would never instruct Permanent Secretaries or senior civil servants. The contrast between her and Ho Ching could not be more stark. While Ho Ching holds no elected or official position in government, her influence is pervasive, and extends well beyond her job purview. ”

Two key points stand out. Dr Lee Wei Ling and Mr Lee Hsien Yang have alleged

1. that PM Lee misuses “his position and influence over the government and its agencies to drive his personal agenda” against them and Hsien Yang’s wife Suet Fern, and

2. that even though Ho Ching (wife of PM Lee) does not hold any elected or official position in government, “her influence is pervasive, and extends well beyond her job purview”.

These are serious allegations from senior members of the establishment who have given much of their life to public service. They should not be taken lightly. They hit at Singapore’s core values.

As President, you have the specific duty of safeguarding the integrity of the public service, and it is incumbent on you to get to the bottom of all this, to establish the facts and if true, hold those responsible fully accountable and put into place means and measures to ensure that no one can abuse his or her public position for private gain without the most severe punishment meted out to him or her.

As this is a matter of grave public concern, it is absolutely vital that you direct this inquiry to be conducted by way of open public hearings so as to ensure public confidence that nothing will be swept under the carpet and that every relevant detail will be examined.

This issue is of extreme urgency and the inquiry should be conducted soonest possible. As this matter takes place under your watch, you cannot simply pass the buck to the next President as you still have more than two months left of your presidential term of office. A period of two months is more than sufficient for this inquiry to be conducted and completed in good order as our public service is well-known for its efficiency.

Yours sincerely,
Tan Jee Say

 

 

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36 Responses to “TJS: Public Inquiry into Allegations of Interference with the Integrity of Singapore’s Public Service”

  • ahhuat:

    “Don’t disturb me lah, I am in ROD mood…..”

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  • Amos humiliate L*L and PAP:

    Many top civil servants are Government scholars who went to the top universities overseas. They would certainly know if Ho Ching interfered with the public service. If they did not do anything about it then one should not really talk about “integrity”. They don’t have it. They are just a bunch of over-paid, spineless bureaucrats.

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  • I Not Stupid Prince::

    Dear See Jay,
    Fully agree with your letter addressed to our KFC President Mr Tony Tan Keng Yam. It’s High Time that he do some serious work as President of Singapore to set up a Pesidential Committee to seriously investigate this allegation of abuse of power by PM as alleged by 2 prominent public figures who are also his siblings. Please STOP all your Handshaking and Ribbon Cutting activities i the coming 2 months of your Presidency to fully ” Focus” on this crucial matter that is affecting all Singaporeans as well as the integrity & reputation of our Singapore Government in the eyes of the World.
    Thank you.

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  • PAPSURELOSE!!!:

    looks like about time for JiakLeowBeeTanny to do some work -Finally!

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  • BuyMeBakKutTeh:

    Claps!

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  • mephistoles:

    who stands to lose most from this debacle, cerrtainly not SPore’s enemies who wd benefit fr internal chaos, but this is not apparent to the brawling brood (barely concealing greed masquerading as filial piety) who indeed is the machiavellian yes who as detractors rub their hands in glee as they gloat and more ,
    Dear fellow citizens continue in ur search for the truth, but let not our national unity be derailed in the face of jackals and hyenas that r waiting to pounce .
    Surely there must be a better way of resolution than the circus frenzy that we’re subjected to

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  • Peeple Abuse Power:

    Dr Tan Cheng Bock would have swung into action, taking the necessary steps required of a President and need not have needed anyone to prompt him had he not lost by a whisker in the last PE. Alas! The one who won and is sitting on the EP seat is still clueless what his duty is and might end up doing nothing about it like in his whole 6-years term.

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  • Samuel S:

    Remember previous President of Korea, she was accused of using state resources and was forced to resign. And now being charged in court. I am afraid similar event can happen in Singapore, but alas our judges are all appointed by (?), hence he will be SAFE!

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  • N.Jungne:

    Call a re-election, L$L should resign and stay out, until the election is over.

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  • MarBowling:

    So now SinKaporean have come to know that the self-proclaimed Fiack oops First Lady aka HoLee Jinx has overstepped her position as the Hancho of TH. She has gone around walking like a crab ordering Sperm oops Perm Sec and other top guns in the Civil Service to do this and that for her. HoLee shit$$$$$. Karma has FINALLY caught up with her aka Mrs NO REGRET now. And the showing of the Extended Rude Middle Finger to her SIL was NO ACCIDENT. It was INTENTIONAL!

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  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    Jee Say, did you copy letter to Law Society, Attorney General & Chief Justice???

    The IDIOTS in Cabinet can be ignored no substance just bleating yes sir!!!yes sir!!! I am a fool!!!

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  • millennial:

    TJS, You are out of touch with realities. Ravi and TCB have more guts in their constitutional challenges before the High Court. The decisions of the High Court will be far more impactful for global attention.

    Only millennials who are not white horses and have no choices will hang around.If you want to restore the Constitution connect with the Millennials and forget the 70% Baby Boomers. The Dynasty is supreme and sit above the Party, the Government, the Law, the Presidency, etc. CSJ is fighting much better for the discarded Constitution.

    The 70% Baby Boomers are cult worshippers. So much of their disdains for Kong Hee of CHC are reflected in their own existence as boiling frogs. They are not even sure culturally what filial piety is all about when they are in their worships.

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  • Time for Tony to Act!:

    If not, he will be remembered as SG Wborst President or SG Most Traveled President.

    He has no legacy as he has zero contribution to date!

    He is the President and he can sure do something to stop the Lees from quarelling!

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  • This Will Is Not My Will:

    Samuel S:
    Remember previous President of Korea, she was accused of using state resources and was forced to resign. And now being charged in court. I am afraid similar event can happen in Singapore, but alas our judges are all appointed by (?), hence he will be SAFE!

    South Korea has Samsung and LG, South Korea has Kpop and Hyundai, what has Sillypore got? South Korea got demonstrations but Sillypore has only self declared natural aristocrat. it’s not a fair ahbu to Olange comparison!
    We cannot be held to such high standards!

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  • Truedirect:

    Tody tan is ah loong man lah.. he just collect money and follow instructions

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  • Jiak Liao Bee:

    No lah, tancho here has no time and energy coz need to think where next to Jiak Hong

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  • Kong Sio Huey?:

    Appealing to the useless robotic president who was from PAP inner circle?

    A waste of time.

    We all know the Clown is a serial abuser of power and authority.

    There’s no independent authority you can appeal to. Stupid SG voters had voted for a one party state and will live to regret it.

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  • rukidding:

    Good try !

    But I believe “nothing will happen” !

    Why ?

    We got “Kangaroo cock” here ….plus

    We also have another “Jiat Liow Bee Crook” whose Son had a good ,easy life “serving” NS.

    Birds of Same feather …surely flock together !

    Why ?

    Because, the 70% “asked for this to happen” !

    God is Great !

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  • rukidding:

    This interesting sgag will soon PEAKED at around the Month of Hungry Ghost.

    More BAD Omen coming !

    This time, OLD FART will be able to come out ,…and .PERSONALLY visit and “slapped” his Useless Son !

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  • Pink Noise:

    KFC jiak liao bee is on ORD mood lah. Moreover, he fits in somewhere in the family tree. KNN, talk about nepotism !!!

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  • English Veg:

    Must we simply take TCH words for it that there is nothing secret or do we just blindly trust the multi-millionaires?

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  • Not I Want To Say You, Tony!:

    Your last chance to redeem yourself.

    In the eyes of many Singaporeans, you are merely collecting pay each month.

    Two more months to go, do something that Singaporeans can at least remember you by!

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  • A National Observation!:

    Our ‘Rosmah’ keeping very quiet!

    Across the Causeway, YAB Rosmah threatens to sue those who criticise her online.

    Akan Datang?

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  • Lesser mortals pse step aside:

    “We decide what is right. Never mind what the people think.”
    Remember that famous saying.
    Don’t blame them, they are only adhering to this directive and practice.
    So don’t ask so many questions.
    Lesser mortals should be seen and not heard.

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  • Maxchewy:

    The beginning of the end of the PAP Govt as we know it since 1959. That’s 58 years long. change is coming. Change must come or Singapore and its citizens will stifle and not progress. Has happened to the Prez of South Korea and will happen here. Misuse and abuse of power by Prez Park and now PM Lee will trigger their political demise. prez Park even charged in court and detained. Won’t happen to PM Lee nor his empress dowager as the Ministers and top law public officers here are solidly behind them. Who doesn’t want wealth and power?
    It will come to a head sooner than later. I predict the PE in Sep 2017 will be postponed indefinitely.
    God help us all. S’pore is now an international hot button! Be prepared for the worst but remain calm.
    MC
    18.6.17

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  • Confucius Upbringing:

    When you Trust, You simply don’t question.
    IQ is bypassed.

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  • Tancho:

    I still have 2 months more to go and have to ensure that my salary is intact.

    In any case, I will convey your concerns to my successor. In the meantime, I will be making more official trips (holidays) before my time is up and will also be looking at my bank statements for my current 6-year term.

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  • Sinkies Deserve It:

    He wilk ask Ho Ching for permission first.

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  • Dear paijian:

    JS,

    Nepotic plps only can see and lean who the pay master is. The old balls gone and logically forgotten. You think scholars and paper generals are daft to continue poing the dead ball amidst tte ashes.You must be more daft than what the dead ball thought.as

    Now do u understand, once a plp always a plp and plps’ loyalty shift with dynasty as succintly put across by the third gen of qinwan lineage that plp understanding is salary dependent.

    The nepotic third generation from the taizi and qinwan lineage have separately claimed sine interest in the messy seat somehow the consultant position to the dynasty fell mysteriously into his lap wrapped with piles of colorful Yusof’s notes fell mysteriously and conveniently onto his lap like all past miracles happened to the nepotic members while the qinwan decen cried most foul of abuse of power but acts or really blurred of the miraclous family fortune.

    True plps await fof the fiack. No fiack no move

    Jialiaobi not for nothing u should know.

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  • Bapak:

    Once I was watching a puppet show and I got so excited. I shouted at the puppet it was a wrong move. My friend laughed and said, you should talk to the guy upthere who pulled the strings, not the puppet.

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  • LIONS:

    DEAR CITIZEN JEE SAY TAN

    Thank you for your letter.

    i regret i have no comment as this is A famiLEE problem,not my busine$$.
    my busine$$ is to look after your money so tightly that we will even confiscate your CPF BY ALL MEANS.

    Actually,i have a ‘secret’ to tell you.

    i should not have competed against you or cheng bock for the EP post.

    i think you folks could have done a much better job.

    anyway,i am not complaining as i have a good life n good paycheck.

    now,i want to call it quits before things get worse for SG N SGS.

    YOU CAN RUN FOR EP NEXT TIME.

    YOURS SO NOT SINCERELY,

    DR TONY TAN ‘AYAM’.

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  • ice man:

    Why all the hostility? This forum is like you people coming here and letting go the primal scream then feeling better go sit down and enjoy life. This little bump in the “Governing,” of Singapore will quiet down soon, if not a few law suits and then it will quiet down. Then there will be peace in the sunshine, Mary Poppins, utopia of Singapore once again….you all know the end result, live with it! (in other words no one will do a dam thing about it!)

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  • Wake Up! Mr President:

    Mr Tan See Jay is reminding and telling Tony that the President has not discharge his responsibility dutifully.

    Double-standard Tony is more interested in marking time, ‘act blur’ and counting his money.

    hahaha, bad timing for Tony.

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  • jaywalker:

    It is amazing how a good for nothing son who owes everything to his father starts to dismantle his will using the very institutions he set up.

    The ultimate unfilial son if there is one. One ought to be ashamed don’t you think?

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  • PATRIOT of TEMESAK:

    PATRIOT of TEMESAK:
    Jee Say, did you copy letter to Law Society, Attorney General & Chief Justice???

    The IDIOTS in Cabinet can be ignored no substance just bleating yes sir!!!yes sir!!! I am a fool!!!

    Sorry JS, forget about the AG he is a stooge replacing someone similar to Walter’s thinking….so, LeeGal Eagles don’t think out of the BOX if you want million dollar salaries with perks thrown in

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  • Tatman:

    Tan Jee Say, you are nothing but a shameless opportunist, thanks to you the Presidential Election 2017 had been fixed and Tan Cheng Bock is unable to contest, you are a very shameless person.

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