Indranee Gave Excuses, Not Reasons, on Keppel Corruption Probe

Senior Minister of State for Finance and Law Indranee Rajah’s response in Parliament yesterday to the Keppel corruption scandal was a wash-out.

Apart from issuing motherhood statements such as having “zero tolerance for corruption” and warning firms not to “import” corrupt practices into Singapore, she said precious little on how the Government would deal with the perpetrators of our nation’s biggest corruption scandal.

Keppel O&M’s executives have already paid penalties in excess of $500 million in the United States in a scandal that saw the company pay $73 million in bribes over 14 years. Yet, all Ms Indranee can say is that the Singapore Government is “extremely disappointed” with Keppel’s conduct.

This is in stark contrast to recent cases such as:

  • Mr Edwin Yeo – sentenced to 10-year imprisonment for stealing $1.76 million in public funds.
  • Mr Lim Cheng Hoe – sentenced to 15-month imprisonment for cheating the government out of $89,000.
  • Mr Tey Tsun Hang – sentenced to 5-month imprisonment for receiving gifts and sexual favors in exchange for passing grades. (Mr Tey’s conviction was acquitted by the High Court on appeal.)

In Keppel’s case, only a “conditional warning” has been given by the CPIB. How is this possible? The uneven treatment by the authorities in this case is beyond shocking.

Ms Indranee also says that the probe involves cross-border issues and, hence, complicates investigations. This is yet another vacuous excuse.

Keppel is a government-linked company. They are answerable to shareholders of which Temasek, helmed by PM Lee Hsien Loong’s wife, is the largest. Surely, Keppel can be easily held to account by its largest and institutional shareholder, can’t it?

Also, the executives are Singaporeans. They can be investigated independent of foreign involvement with those found guilty swiftly brought to justice. The vaunted prowess of the CPIB to ferret out corruption matters must not be left to question.

If the PAP government can speedily track down and prosecute Internet users who post anonymously, why can’t it resolve the current case with similar efficiency? Failing to do so is but an excuse.

Another cop-out is Ms Indranee’s answer about former Ambassador to Brazil Choo Chiau Beng. Mr Choo was one of those named in the probe. He stepped down as ambassador in 2016. Ms Indranee said that she did not have information regarding Mr Choo’s stepping down.

How can the minister not have answers to such a fundamental question? Couldn’t she have turned to Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan for an answer? Why such a nonsensical and evasive response?

The SDP is deeply concerned about the entire matter. A huge criminal scandal has been un-earthered and the PAP seems reluctant to provide clear answers.

The fact that Keppel is one of the myriad of GLCs belonging to Temasek which is wholly owned by the government and that the CPIB operates within the Prime Minister’s Office, creates a morass of conflicts of interest.

The arrangement raises questions about the government’s position as an impartial actor to this case as well as future ones. This exacts a heavy price for Singapore’s reputation despite the warm pronouncements and assurances that the authorities mouth.

The SDP calls on the PAP to stop dithering and giving excuses, and provide firm answers about what it will do with the Keppel scandal, how it will prosecute the matter and by when it will get it done.

 

Singapore Democrats

 

 

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39 Responses to “Indranee Gave Excuses, Not Reasons, on Keppel Corruption Probe”

  • Ashamed of my gov:

    Theyre making a mockery of our national pledge.
    Seems like their half hearted explanations or half truths may be to shield some ‘bigger’ names tied to this scandal.
    So dear fellow citizens, open your eyes n ears …do u still want to keep voting for such ppl in our gov?

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  • Concerned Citizens:

    PAP must come clean. Please don’t con us with that illogical excuse and with that ‘Conditional Warning’ this serious and very embarrassing corruption can be closed. As Temasek, owned by the government has a stake in it, citizens we the citizens would like the case to be truthfully and responsibly taken up.

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  • Jiak Liow Bee:

    Hahaha, Lim Boon Heng and the enforces certainly know what’s the right thing to do!

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  • Singapore Kaput:

    Li Sheng Wu is abroad yet they spare no efforts to pursue and prosecute him for a comment but for the corrupted officials here in Singapore whereby there’s an abuse of public trust and funds, it only gets a conditional warning. What an irony?

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  • oxygen:

    OUR IMPRISONED CPF MONEY VIA TEMASEK HOLDINGS have been invested in the equity of Keppel Corp, PAPpys cannot pretend this is mere showbiz entertainment of comedy of political theatre.

    A lot of money were given away by Keppel Corp and even more involuntarily given to US Government in fines & penalties – and NATIONAL PRIDE AND INTEGRITY BADLY COMPROMISED BY THIS DEBACLE.

    The public mind demands accountability and the handling of this matter till now is GROSSLY UNACCEPTABLE.

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  • The missing link:

    Quote
    ” In the end, what decided the issue for Mr Lee Kuan Yew, our founding Prime Minister, and his team was the overriding need to prevent the public service from going corrupt. One term of an incompetent, corrupt government and Humpty Dumpty could never be put together again. So the PAP fought to win and formed the Government. When they took their oath of office, Mr Lee and his PAP colleagues wore white shirts and white trousers. It symbolised their determination to keep the Government clean and incorruptible. That has set the tone for Singapore ever since.

    Third, with strong political will, we institutionalised a robust, comprehensive anti-corruption framework that spans laws, enforcement, the public service and public outreach. We enacted the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), which puts the burden of proof on the accused to show that he acquired his wealth legally. Any unexplained wealth disproportionate to known sources of income is presumed to be from graft and can be confiscated.

    The PCA provides for extra-territorial jurisdiction, so that the actions of Singaporean citizens overseas are treated the same as actions committed in Singapore, regardless of whether such corrupt acts have consequences for Singapore.

    Our anti-corruption agency, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), is well resourced and independent. It is empowered to investigate any person, even police officers and ministers, and conducts public outreach to raise public awareness and shape social norms. We pay public servants fair and realistic wages benchmarked to private sector earnings and, in return, demand the highest standards of integrity and performance.

    Fourth, we have over time developed a society and culture that eschews corruption. Singaporeans expect and demand a clean system. They do not condone giving or accepting “social lubricants” to get things done. They readily report corrupt practices when they encounter them. Singaporeans trust that the law applies to all and that the Government will enforce the laws without fear or favour, even when it may be awkward or embarrassing. Businesses have confidence that, in Singapore, rules are transparent and fairly applied. The story is told …” unquote.

    Link,
    Fight against corruption: Singapore’s experience, Opinion News & Top …
    http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/fight-against-corruption-singapores-experience

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FydULS9pfBs
    Morgan Lewis Partner Suet-Fern Lee on the Rule of Law – YouTube

    Singapore Notes: A Lament For Education
    http://singaporedesk.bxxxsxxt.sg/2014/08/a-lament-for-education.html

    Singapore’s Corruption Control Framework | Corrupt Practices …
    https://www.cpib.gov.sg/about-corruption/corruption-control-framework

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  • Got it or not?:

    The pappies are superbly efficient! Stealing waste oil valued at only $1 million from shell Kena tangkap………

    …..here we got 55 million dollars……a slap or is a tap on the wrist?

    Moreover one of the Director was a commander of the volunteer special constabulary………Wah LAN Scott free!

    Unbelievable ……..wp know how to ask questions of not? Don’t know…….keep quiet in future, can?

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  • Got it or not?:

    Cpib …..slogan……swift and sure………need to change or not yet?

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  • Bapak:

    I wonder how can these Government & PAP MPs sleep every night. Giving such unacceptable replies is most irresponsible. It embarasses not only them the Party but Singapore.

    Don’t they know the world is watching them?
    Don’t they know the foreign Embassies here are watching at them too?
    Don’t they know they are laughing behind our back?
    Don’t they have conscience at all?
    Don’t they feel shameful at all?
    What message you give to our FTs that we have such kind of Government? How can we accept such standard and irresponsible replies from our Government?

    NO WONDER MOST FTs ARE LOOKING DOWN ON US. Singapore is definitely going down with these bunch of 3G PAP in charge. To those who still support PAP, hope you reflect and go find your conscience.

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  • Buat bodohs:

    All buat bodoh or really bodoh!
    Very sakit hati to have this kind of government.
    Losing millions$$ like loose change.
    No wonder our cpf monies always out of reach.

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  • just wonder!!:

    Just wonder how these clowns can perform wayangs in parliament against their conscience and be able to sleep soundly at night!!
    On the one hand she talks about non-tolerance and integrity and all the bull-shit that Singapore foreign companies must adhere to, with the same breath, she just brush-off the KOM case as if the government of the day is not responsible for all the corruptions which have been going on for 14 long years!!
    The very fact that she commented that KOM did not get off lightly, in terms of fine, reinforced the seriousness of the corruption scandal!!…If Singaporeans are involved, be they ‘not my brothers’ or otherwise, or holding ‘ministerial’ post, must be brought to justice!!….no ifs and buts…that’s the least all Singaporeans deserved!!

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  • prosecute Internet users:

    About Shengwu,

    ” He just got sued by the Singaporean government ”

    EUDC Newcastle 2009 Final Leader of the Opposition – YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jigdsh_iuY8

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  • rukidding:

    Apparently paying all these Ministers and MPs Obscene salaries seems to have “Corrupted” their sense of Integrity and responsibilities ????

    Every MAJOR “cock ups and screw ups” are each “covered and smoothen” oven by a “silly excuse” like once in 50 years ?…no blame culture ?….conditional warning?…CEO being new at job ???…bla, bla, bla..

    It kind of gave you a “feeling” that ALL OF THEM ,…do have “something” behind themselves , that they “feared” being “discovered” one day ????

    That is why,…ALL OF THEM ,…apart from “eagerly and keenly” taking turns to whack Opposition party,….none from the Majority Party seems to dare “whack” themselves , their colleagues,…their cronies ?????

    Why arh ??? Why liddat ???

    Is it,….ALL OF THESE GROUP OF PIMPs and pROSTITUTes ( P.a.p.) ,..DO have something “ugly” and “Dirty” or “Stained” in their own hands ????

    Therefore,…today I scratch your back,…so if tomorrow I suay, suay ( got discovered)…please do remember to help “scatch my back ” ???

    It does seem to be “projecting” such “arrangements” !

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  • PAP MPs all absent:

    Look behind Indranee, empty. Where arevthe vloody MPs getting each 16$ a mth and not attending the rare Parliament sitting. No fellow Singaporeans, we cannot vote PAP anymore. We cannot allow irresponsible Pap Mps to have their suka suka ways. There is no control

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  • consensus by manipulation:

    what can u expect from a corrupt dictatorship that is second only to north korea?

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  • PAP MPs all absent b:

    There aren’t fit to be MPs. The ministers are the same. they are idle getting their millions and if they talk, they spewed nonsense.What $8 and paying full. lying bastards What $10 chaitown kuet. They think they are billionaires they just approve to fleece the kitty al by themselves. What rubbish that they can self checks and balance. Anyone who work in the dark and deare not come clean with the citizens, they cannot be that straight. MOmly evils take place in the dark. if one does nothing illegal why hide.

    Publish the a parliamentary attendance for the past 5 decades of nepotic regime or else resign.

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  • Indranee:

    We want the names and their gain in terms of bonuses and promotion for those years. Tell the shareholders why should they paid the $700m fines. Why aren’t the officers including the ceo and the board charged. Is it because they are privileged to do anything they like. Lee BY should demand for the cleanup and not just shouted zero tolerance No action means thevrest are coverup and bullshit.

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  • Losing the plot:

    This is an ABSOLUTE disgrace! I can see the Government is losing its passion to govern and this is not good for the country. Perhaps they have been in government for too long ….. “familiarity breeds contempt!”

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  • opposition dude:

    Aiyah SDP, Indranee can say whatever she wants lah because we all know that no thorough investigations will be made and no one will be arrested. Have to protect their own people you know since this is hugely embarrassing for PAP.

    Just like when China cheong kong’ed our 9 APCs and held them for a few months. Followed up by not even inviting goondu Loong to the OBOR conference. He had to man up and actually go beg for one ha ha ha!

    So this Keppel bribes case will be swept under the carpet just like the failed AGO audits, frequent MRT disruptions, world’s most expensive bin centre outside parliament and all others before it.

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  • HarderTruths:

    Nothing belongs to the people of $G. Nothing. Everything can be confiscated if and when necessary. Assets, bank accounts – even our lives if they choose citizens to go to war – is not ours.

    This is how it has always been under pappies – we are just sheep for them to fleece and sacrifice when the time comes.

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  • Sperm hit the ceiling fan hard:

    Indranee:
    We want the names and their gain in terms of bonuses and promotion for those years. Tell the shareholders why should they paid the $700m fines. Why aren’t the officers including the ceo and the board charged. Is it because they are privileged to do anything they like. Lee BY should demand for the cleanup and not just shouted zero tolerance No action means thevrest are coverup and bullshit.

    What’s worse is the peasants are too stupid to see the Rot.

    They need to be spoon-fed by their supreme masters that there is rot before they can see there is rot.

    REgURJITATION. Degree by REgURJITATION.

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  • Leejiapore:

    经典的狗官

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  • Perspective:

    The implications and ramifications are far reaching. It would seem like employees of GLCs can get away with bribery and corruptions with “conditional warnings” while others have to face jail time. Will SG be welcomed into the club of corrupt nations? How will our neighbors perceive our govt, seeing that SG will be chairing ASEAN?

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  • Perspective:

    Where do the other MPs stand on this corruption scandal? There are over 80 PAPies but we only hear from one? How about the people hear from HSK or CCS? If they are vying to be the next PM the people would like to know what they think about Keppelgate, where they stand, and what they would do to bring greater clarity, transparency and accountability to the public. Please do not disappoint. The world looks on. What sort of Parliament and leaders do we have other than being one of the most expensive in the world?

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  • Tel:

    I heard she used to worked
    In a bullet proof making company b4.

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  • Tel:

    MM also stands for.Master mine.

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  • MarBowling:

    Perspective:
    January 11, 2018 at 1:53 am (Quote)
    Where do the other MPs stand on this corruption scandal? There are over 80 PAPies but we only hear from one? How about the people hear from HSK or CCS? If they are vying to be the next PM the people would like to know what they think about Keppelgate, where they stand, and what they would do to bring greater clarity, transparency and accountability to the public. Please do not disappoint. The world looks on. What sort of Parliament and leaders do we have other than being one of the most expensive in the world?

    Response: Great Q! Why no sound no shadow from the over 80 PAPies? Think all these MFs, JLB, LJ and CB MPs are adopting one of the 36 great manoeuvres in the Soon Zhi Pink Fart: NO BLAME CULTURE(famously adopted and applied SUCCESSFULLY by one of their colleagues, Son of the Gan)!

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  • oxygen:

    @ Perspective:

    PAPpys are a fetid of sewage living by the mantra of permanent WINDY HAPPY CONTRADICTIONS.

    Someone has to remind miss DISFRACEFUL to apologize for this conduct in the House of the Most Expensive but mostly Useless Decorations.

    Perspective: Where do the other MPs stand on this corruption scandal? There are over 80 PAPies but we only hear from one? How about the people hear from HSK or CCS? If they are vying to be the next PM the people would like to know what they think about Keppelgate, where they stand, and what they would do to bring greater clarity, transparency and accountability to the public. Please do not disappoint. The world looks on. What sort of Parliament and leaders do we have other than being one of the most expensive in the world?

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  • Rot starts at the head:

    If Keppel is corrupt it must be because PAP is also corrupt (just greedy and self-serving) to the core.

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  • PAP is BEST:

    PAP best one, Indranee next PM is best one. We need people like her scold opposition then next GE PAP get 90% vote. Then PAP is best in the world only lose north korea but we different we is democracy one.

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  • Corrupt Practices:

    True or False.?
    In Singapore, an independent judiciary provides insulation from political interference.???????????

    ” Effective Laws

    Singapore relies on two key legislations to fight corruption; the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), and the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act (CDSA). The PCA has a wide scope which applies to persons who give or receive bribes in both the public and private sector. The CDSA, when invoked, confiscates ill-gotten gains from corrupt offenders. Together, the two laws ensure that corruption remains a high-risk low-rewards activity. Upon the conclusion of investigations by the CPIB, all alleged corruption cases will be handed over to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), the prosecutorial arm of the Singapore Criminal Justice System, to obtain the Public Prosecutor’s consent to proceed with Court proceedings.

    Independent Judiciary

    In Singapore, an independent judiciary provides insulation from political interference. The Chief Justice is appointed by the President on advice from the Prime Minister and the Council of Presidential Advisers. District judges and magistrates are appointed by the President with advice from the Chief Justice. Various provisions of the Constitution also guarantee the independence of the Supreme Court judiciary. Transparent and objective in its administration of the rule of law, the judiciary recognises the seriousness of corruption and adopts a stance of deterrence by meting out stiff fines and imprisonment towards corrupt offenders. …….. ”

    Singapore’s Corruption Control Framework | Corrupt Practices …
    https://www.cpib.gov.sg/about-corruption/corruption-control-framework

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  • Lost Confidence In the CPIB:

    At first I have confidence and trust in our CPIB to prevent corrupt practices and take action no matter who you are even if you are the PM.

    But with Keppel corruption case exposed and CPIB seems to lack interest in taking action, it will affect our international standing
    in the eyes of the world as a corruption free country which LKY had advocated stongly.

    Now I have totally lost confidence and trust for our CPIB unit to do their sacred duty.

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  • LIONS:

    Even top lawyer can also be cheapen to tell lies.

    Where is the INTEGRITY they keep boasting about?

    A WRONG IS A WRONG,no amount of excuse manufacturing can changethe fact.

    Even christians become “godless” when they practise PAP-i$m???

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  • Obscene Pay Backfired Now:

    To prevent the senior elites and Minister from being corrupted, the PAP said that they must be highly paid.

    But on hindsight after receiving very high pay. there is the pressure on them to perform well. This lead them to take the easiest path ie coruption.

    The taxpayer lost in trhe end. WTF

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  • Spore Should Reject AseanChair:

    Spore should reject the Asean Chair now. This is for ASEAN’s sake.

    How can the world leaders respect ASEAN as an organisation if it is being chaired and led by a government that indirectly endorses clear cut Corruption.

    Let Brunei take over.

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  • Abraham Lincoln says:

    “I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and cause me to tremble for safety of my country; corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in High Places will follow, and the Money Power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the People, until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic destroyed.”
    (letter to Col. William F. Elkins,1864)

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  • Abraham Lincoln says:

    I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and cause me to tremble for safety of my country; corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in High Places will follow, and the Money Power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the People, until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic destroyed.
    (letter to Col. William F. Elkins, 1864)

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  • Bapak:

    Dear Friend,

    Are you joking? Now than you realized? We have lost confidence since 1965!

    Lost Confidence In the CPIB:
    At first I have confidence and trust in our CPIB to prevent corrupt practices and take action no matter who you are even if you are the PM.

    But with Keppel corruption case exposed and CPIB seems to lack interest in taking action, it will affect our international standing
    in the eyes of the world as a corruption free country which LKY had advocated stongly.

    Now I have totally lost confidence and trust for our CPIB unit to do their sacred duty.

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  • Trump sxxxholes... o:

    Trump has trumped all With his sxxxholes acclaim. But he has no discerning ability and like SIN political billionaires, his brain is $ wrapped that there is a difference been sxxxholes and axxxholes for which SIN even has a BIWplp doc of a***holes which seems to be sexless for their main profession is plps, a softer version of pros among the high society

    Ya, N. Chosh wrote in ST A33 about Kaels Raybon in land of opportunity of which greencards are much sought after by the Ma, Lee, Liu, Natan, Raja, SIN racially undescribles with nepotic liberty to be any they like, Ali, Ngo….

    A premolition flashed across. The land of politically self gratified axxxholes has all the asset to head towards Chose’s land of oportunity where Kaels sauntered in the SIN streets as Ma, Li, Raja, Yacook and Tans.. The land of plasticised vege, sperm piked milk products would soon tag behind with their 5000 years of culture but still no idea of how to pee just as SIN high ranking plped ethics based institution.

    So ironically similarities and ends should be the same too. So netizens your worry about oldies picking up your filths in $10 denigraded wet market food court, you have more worries coming back home one fine day to see youngsters with trolley filled with boxes of what they have sleeping on the landing and steps of your apartment blocks.

    Three cheers to plps, axxxholes and politically self glorified billionaires (PSGB) that architects to your kpkbism and KaelLi ma paradise.

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