So much corruption: Universities teach ethics?

I refer to the article “Former and current SMRT workers charged with cheating in case involving S$9.8m worth of contracts” (Channel NewsAsia, Dec 29).

It states that “One SMRT employee and two others who previously worked for the rail operator, as well as a company director, have been charged with cheating offences involving contracts worth of a total of S$9.8 million”.

Oh no – not another high profile corruption case!

I googled “NUS ethics” and one of the first items from the search was

“YaleNUSCollege

Leadership Ethics

This course, taught by a coach during the semester, will explore the theme of ethical leadership and hone skills around real-world application. Students will explore and reflect on the following areas in the context of leadership:

  • What is ethical, who decides, and how?
  • Whose interest(s) is/are at stake, who determines, and how to assess?
  • How to progress from being an ethical person to being an ethical leader?”
  • Arguably, what we teach in our universities and particularly on ethics – may impact students’ mindset on ethics – corruption, etc.

As Keppel had settled the law suit for US$422 million – I thought I would next Google “NUS law suit” – and one of the first items from the search was from stomp.straitstimes.com which said “The woman, Ms Ten alleged that NUS had wrongfully terminated her candidature for the degree of Master of Arts in Architecture in 2006, a point contested by NUS.

However, an assistant registrar (AR) ruled in 2013 that most of the documents she sought were unnecessary or irrelevant, while others were privileged.

She then appealed in 2014 to a High Court judge, who dismissed her move and refused her leave to appeal further.

To pay for her S$5,000 legal fees, Ms Ten attempted to raise the amount through crowdfunding, and has gotten more than $2,000 within two days, reports Lianhe Wanbao via Lianhe Zaobao.

A netizen, Merv Tan, claimed to support Ms Ten and said he forwarded $100 to her.

Another netizen, going by Selena Chiong, said that Ms Ten’s comments were one-sided and do not intend to donate until NUS makes an official statement.

As of 12.20am yesterday (July 20), Ms Ten said that she had raised about S$2,098 via crowdfunding.

She also said in her blog that her mentor had stolen the fruits of her research in 2004, and received S$80,000 in funding for it.

Ms Ten further alleged that her mentor had delayed the publishing of her findings.

She subsequently requested a change of mentor.

She claimed that NUS sided with her mentor and refused her request, only setting up an investigation committee when she complained to an Executive Vice President .

Her allegations were refuted by the committee in Aug 2005 who cited a lack of evidence to back her claims.

Ms Ten however, continued complaining to the school and even took it to court.

She added that she intends to file an appeal later this month (July 2017), but has depleted her savings of over S$100,000 for the lawsuits.

She hopes to raise about S$5,000 for the impending legal fees.”

Perhaps our universities should give more emphasis to ethics and corruption.

What do you think?

 

Leong Sze Hian

 

 

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26 Responses to “So much corruption: Universities teach ethics?”

  • 陈大婶:

    石叻坡,所有游客都赞美的,花园诚实,诚实花园。

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  • PAP Patchwork Policies:

    US is the last place to preach about ethics, so is the majority of their schools. It’s there because there is commercial need, they want to show the critics and the world that they are responsible, doing something to arrest the problem of amorality, to relearn and philosophi-size an obvious innate value in any new born. This is what makes the country so forward looking, but having such courses in placed do not mean that US will formulate policies to make the world a better place. The US will continue to look after it’s self interest first and always. On the other hand, it’s the real democracy that helps to keep the country in check.

    Sillypore government scholars learnt from US the art of politics and manipulation but conveniently turned a blind eye to the much needed democracy.
    Without the rightful check in place, without good people in government, the country is now in state of perpetual decline.

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  • ethics for who:

    Ethics applies to the stinking peasants only lah.

    Emperor and court jesters are exempted hor.

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  • nihon:

    ethics? c’mmon.

    you have one nus law pros-feesor bedding his virgin student. most of these pros-fessors are shady characters. just look at the papers they put up..all writing white lies to carry the powers that be. useless academics.

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  • Wondering!:

    SMRT reputation current rock bottom.
    This case splashed in papers with bold lines and big pictures, “wrongdoings” in 2007?
    And now surfacing?
    Almost 10 years after, lapse, strange, not quite the efficient set-up!
    Is there not a tender committee in place that handles award of businesses?
    “Cultural” issues were mentioned?
    What is that?
    Smelly?
    Diversion?
    Scapegoats?
    Let’s wait for the show coming soon.
    Let’s get to the raw truth.

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  • SG Accounting standard?:

    Do Singapore educated Accounting professionals ever Questioned the Opacity of the investments over the last 52 years where hundreds of billions transacted? This amount is an understatement, I believe. It could be trillions.

    My understanding is accounting professionals need to uphold their ethical standards.

    But I never seen any Singapore accounting professionals question their garment.

    So, should we hire them?
    Can they think?
    How did they pass their exams?
    Rote REgURJITATION?

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  • Mad House:

    It is not a surprise! Try NTU, could be worst.

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  • Hypocrites aplenty!:

    @PAP Patchwork Policies
    They say Trump is like a child.
    Remarkably only a child, and it takes a child, in childlike truthful honesty, in the midst of all those present wildly cheering the Emperor on, could see through it and say that the Emperor has actually no clothes on.

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  • My sperm hit the cornice:

    Any system and every system has flaws.

    This means there is ALWAYS possibility for CORRUPTION, BRIBERY, INSIDER-TRADING, MONEY LAUndering, Nepotism, CRONYISM etc.

    But the singaporeans, known to REGURJITAte well, generally NEVER QUESTIONED NOR DEMAND FOR TRANSPARENCY AND AUDIT of the books.

    I sentence all Singapore educated accountants FAILURE to uphold professional ethics.

    They shall not be sentenced to death but their value is considered over-valued and in fact should be disqualified and have their license revoked.

    This proves they are controlled by fear. They can be intimidated to do bad things.

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  • Academic free rider 1:

    Singaporeans were treated with shock of academic crime of faking research data and academis depraved freecriding on colleagues’ publications to increase their number of publicatios and their promotion. Free riding is a very common crime among the academics although it has been denounced by all academic including shamelessly by the partakers in crime. This remains largely unknown to the general public except for those who have participated in research. However Singaporeans were very fortunately to be exposed to these academic shames when International journers and honest researchers exposed the despicable NUS supposedly invited top scientist for faking his data in several of his publicarions carrying the names of my of his NUS colleagues as co author. The main author quitted and ran back to his homeland while NUS appointed Committee sat to seriously investigate the case as nus and its top management containing one or more of the coauthors of these publications. Perhaps Singapore general public is general not aware what a co author of a publication means and what is his contribution in the paper. In strict terms, a co author should be a participant in the research described in the paper including at leat one activities like planning, setting up and running the experiment, data verification and analysis, interpretation and reverification if necessary and finally the preparation of the manuscript for publication entailing deciding who should be accredited as co authors for those who actually participated in the entire research described in the paper or just being acknowledged for the advice, comments or supplies of materials or information. Free riding as authors are those co authors who have absolutely done nothing except perhaps mutual free riding for increasing their number of publications in their resume and academic evaluation for promotion and other benefits.
    The investigation claimed all the co authors are not involved in the fraud which means none of them are actually involved in the prepation of the papers and the collecting, interpretation of the data or in short just free riding which is a serious offense of dishonesty and lacking integrity, very essential human values for an academic as an example of ethics as a teacher and for academic research for its authencity. Acdemician will remember of the big fake in a doctoral dissertation in electrochemistry which mysteriously were reconfirmed by many other academics including NUS. The supervisor an highly acclaimed electochemist, academic and researcher announced and internationally apologised that the data were faked by his doctoral student and the excitement over perpetual energy fizzles but the gains of claims of similar research finding untouched avoiding perhaps further embarassment.

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  • Vivien Geek = PAPussy Eater:

    It’s about winning at the expense of everything. Lots of people have no integrity but want to put up a show of well-to-do respectability.

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  • Stupid to "teach" ethics:

    Teaching ethics in university is about as stupid as teaching honesty. This is is something we should have learned during the first two years of primary school. It is all about personal responsibility and respect for the rights of others. If a person does not know these by the time he/she gets in university his/her parents have wasted their money on his/her education.

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  • The rot start at the head:

    It is sheer hypocrisy to teach ethics when the PAP does not have any. PAP is dishonest. It often lies by telling misleading half-truths.

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  • 槟榔妹:

    陈大婶:
    石叻坡,所有游客都赞美的,花园诚实,诚实花园。

    那你就是“誠”大婶囖?

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  • Sperm as it is ejaculated:

    Singaporeans have NEVER invented anything top in the world in engineering as great as an iPhone or Microsoft or Boeing 747.

    So, why the mismatch between their top academic result in science vs the real world performance ?

    No one can debunk my pointing out that Academic result is not the same as real world performance.

    I despise people basing on academic results. It’s an Imperial China outdated way to select talents.

    This is one of the many reasons why I do not see Singapore able to progress competing with true first worlds.

    The business done in sg is mainly based on CRONYISM.

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  • jift:

    The gov stole design themselves (ie DR Ting), then created harassment law to block Ting.

    You surprised NUS doing this too?

    They learn from their master.

    The gov now wants to attract inventors and entrepreneurs?

    What a joke!

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  • Lessons to learn:

    Hypocrites aplenty!:

    @PAP Patchwork Policies
    They say Trump is like a child.
    Remarkably only a child, and it takes a child, in childlike truthful honesty (and innocence), in the midst of all those present wildly cheering the Emperor on, could see through it and say that the Emperor has actually no clothes on.

    Hahahaha good comment.
    One man versus the swamp. And the fight will never end.

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  • The Emperor’s New Clothes:

    “The Emperor’s New Clothes” (Danish: Kejserens nye Klæder) is a short tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, about two weavers who promise an emperor a new suit of clothes that they say is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent – while in reality, they make no clothes at all, making everyone believe the clothes are invisible to them. When the emperor parades before his subjects in his new “clothes”, no one dares to say that they do not see any suit of clothes on him for fear that they will be seen as stupid. Finally, a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!” The tale has been translated into over 100 languages.

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  • 陈大婶:

    誠 ? 难 !很难 !

    槟榔妹: 那你就是“誠”大婶囖?

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  • Rot is inevitable:

    Though corruptions exist in singapore, most singaporean accountants dare not demand for transparency.

    This is what allows the rot.

    Using FEAR as excuse, singaporeans find they need not do anything. Just say, oh, its Boh Bian one.

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  • 槟榔妹:

    陈大婶:
    誠 ? 难 !很难 !

    那就“沉”,沉到底的“沉”吧!

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  • 陈大婶:

    你是谁 ?’踩到你椅巴是吧 ? 沉香,你懂吗 ?

    槟榔妹: 那就“沉”,沉到底的“沉”吧!

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  • 陈大婶:

    成 吧 !

    槟榔妹: 那就“沉”,沉到底的“沉”吧!

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  • Kidding or sacasm:

    R u kidding, teaching ethics? plgiaristists, cons, fakes and free riders teacing ethics. Perhaps they r teaching your kids how to do and run away by plping. Sometimes ago someone ask why the academics themselves send their children to worse ranked or unrank uni and not to nus and nti. Even though they r deadbeat plps, free riders etc, they still hope that their kids aren’e as spineless. This is the same but from different perspectives to nepotic mentality where their kids clever than everyone else except for plp sake admitting to not as good as those higher ranking plps and knowingly they despatch their young punks to angmoh demigod in their half poaffected mental madeup.
    you stupid that’s why they become million billionaires
    you dumb and scare that’s why they are powerfuA kopitiam uncle used to answered his kpkb fellow kopitian conversationist.
    See they say you finished if you are with more than one man if you kpkb but the successful so no conflict of interest (Indranee so called logic) say just a few vocal guy can be ignored like what dead or rotten roti prata said noises of the environment. Asking these bananas and rotten babanas to talk about ethics. Flat hope.
    If it is not kidding but sacasm u r wasting time. Dont u remember the prc sacasm on pig soup on tao and beijing window smoke, the chief imbercile and dumb greedy gorilla thinks they are fanatastic dinner jokeo. Plagiarist till found out no one laugh so name the source for avoiding self embarassment following negativecself glorification. no diff from taich or musical chairs. Shits will be shits.

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  • True !:

    The rot start at the head:
    It is sheer hypocrisy to teach ethics when the PAP does not have any. PAP is dishonest. It often lies by telling misleading half-truths.

    Well said!! Leaders, reflect please!

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  • Yes dumbs plp teach ethics?:

    U r expecting plps to teach ethics and u must either out of ur minds or plain stupid or daft using ur biggest lp these guys po oxbridge inguo daft or as the wet market food vendors think it means the while blue feathered peace ambassador doves. Of course to the mbillionaire minister majong kaki in Afternoon office of the pork soup and beijing winsmoke plagiarist would denigraded as dirty and overcharged cahitowkwei vendors among them. Plps even willing to see their ancestor for rewards have only nothing is worth keeping except rewards ethics in their minds.

    There are many children now using their free time working parttime in restaurant or caterers. Some of these kids get the opportunity to serve in dinner recption where the society top plps invited their lsmall lp of the hugh lp. Acorrding to them they have a hard time holding back their vomits when they witnessed how these big men talking like no one is a better gentleman and powerful as they r in front of their subordinates and comrades at arms in plpism doubled up, praised and complimenting a younger punk with noseholes pointing to the decorated ceiling and face of siok till peeing. These r the worms with Jekyll and Hyde syndrome living in darkness and poing delights. U expect them to teach ur children ethics. High hope fellows.

    Malay and Indian hard to tell and the BIW want u to believe it is a results of racial harmony. Siblings abundant evidence to show what lying means in a world of plps. The acting appt showed u what it means imbercile sense of values. Musical chair political billionaires $8 vs potential GCT hopeful paying as the citizen remained well covered in plpism.

    So daft doves, keep on hoping that termites will come biting in the open and leave the dark hole.
    God forbids. Rain, crash, tree crashing. Responsibility roti prata noises of the environment. To the plp, what integrity is worth.?

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