KOM: Minister Indranee tells half truths in Parliament

I refer to CNA article (image below) on the US$55 million Keppel bribery scandal.

SMS Indranee Rajah was the main wayang actress in Parliament to address the issue and she didn’t disappoint.

Instead of providing answers, the evasive Indranee told half truths.

Indranee: ” … the US$422 million penalty imposed on the company is about eight times the amount it paid in bribes“.

Indranee was clearly disingenuous as she tried to magnify the penalty by using the US$55 million bribe instead of the US$351 million profit made by KOM.

KOM had in fact got off very lightly as the penalty of US$422 million plus US$55 million bribe was less than 1 1/2 times the illegal profits.

With reinvestment of the illegal profits, Keppel’s total illegal gains could have likely exceeded the fine and bribe.

Keppel’s penalty should be a multiple of its illegal profits and every employee involved prosecuted.  Indranee was talking cock, wasn’t she?

Thanks to KOM, the corruption scandal has managed to open the eyes of even goondu Singaporean public who had for decades believed that all PAP elites are whiter than white.

The PAP government has constantly pat themselves for being incorruptible, simultaneously bad mouthing neighbouring countries on corruption.  However – with the record US$422 million fine – Singapore has made it to the Top 10 FCPA list while supposedly more corrupt countries are absent.  Very siah sway right?

Indranee has also tried to downplay the Keppel scandal by claiming that those involved would have got off more lightly if they had been prosecuted under Singapore’s PCA as the maximum fine is only $100,000.

This then begs the question: Why is the maximum fine set so low?

Indranee provided examples of former politicians who had been investigated by CPIB and subsequently convicted.  She forgot to mention that sentences could be drastically reduced upon appeal.

For example, then Minster of State for Environment Wee Toon Boon was charged for corruption involving $839,023 in 1975, including receiving a bungalow worth $532,000.  Wee’s sentence was reduced to only 18 months from 4 1/2 years upon appeal.  Wee would likely have served only 12 months of his reduced sentence for corruptly receiving $839,000, equivalent to at least $5 million today.

Wee also paid a fine of only $7000 which was slightly less than 1 month’s pay of a minister in 1975.

(Victor Wong, former GM of Ang Mo Kio Town Council, has been investigated by CPIB for more than 15 months.  Till today, no sound no shadow.  A more recent non-elite case involved Kong Hee, mastermind and pastor of CHC, whose 8-year conviction was reduced to only 3 1/2 years for misappropriating $50 million in church funds. Till today, no shadow, also no sound.)

Indranee acted blur again and repeated what Keppel had earlier said in a statement: ” … the company’s and KOM’s current board of directors were not aware of illegal payments to secure projects in Brazil.”

If this is true, it would imply incompetence at the highest level and that Keppel board members must have been sleeping on the job for 13 years.

Why then are former minister Lee Boon Yang, former PAP MP Alvin Yeo, Tan Ek Kia, etc still sitting on Keppel’s board?

According to FCPA blog – after completion of investigations with cooperation from Keppel – the 13-year corruption at KOM was WIDESPREAD.

How could a 13-year widespread corruption involving 17 senior management executives – including 2 former CEOs – receive only a conditional warning from CPIB and AGC?

Will conditional warnings be issued from today onwards for all corruption cases, so long as a fine is paid and the criminal offers full cooperation?

Keppel first made headlines almost 3 years ago in Feb 2015 and CPIB and AGC had ample time to look into the bribery scandal.   The facts of the 13-year “widespread corruption” at Keppel would have been all laid out after almost 3 years.

Will justice be done in KOM’s corruption scandal?  I don’t think many  Singaporeans will keechiu if asked to do so.  Recent statements by government officials and MSM propaganda strongly suggest elites will not be prosecuted as this risks setting a precedent.

Not forgetting Indranee’s half truths in Parliament.

PS: CPIB and AGC might as well issue a conditional warning to the GM of AMKTC instead of dragging their feet.  It’s a simple case involving only one person but investigations are still ongoing after more than 15 months?

Will it take 15 years to investigate Keppel’s case which is more complex and supposedly involves 17 employees?

 

Phillip Ang

* The author blogs at LikeDatOsoCanMeh.

 

 

 

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29 Responses to “KOM: Minister Indranee tells half truths in Parliament”

  • PAP has the mandate:

    The saying goes “Birds of the same feathers, flock(fu*k) together” and the other one “Power corrupt, absolute power absolute corruption”.

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  • High Ranked for Khawkruption:

    But the reality on the ground is like this :

    1. Many BELIEVE WHATEVER THEY SAY.

    2. Many TRUST them .

    3. Many Won’t or DARE NOT QUESTION them. Like soldiers to their officer.

    4. Many are IGNORANT AND NAIVE.

    Confirm SINK.

    THERE IS NO WAY OUT UNLESS EXTERNAL FORCES BING THEM DOWN BEFORE THEY BRING US DOWN.

    MY PROPHECY.

    Yours Affectionately
    OWL Lee
    “I eat Longan”

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  • N.Jungne:

    Aiyah she was and is extremely disappointed, cannot Eat cannot Sleep, how to talk?

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  • MarBowling:

    Great Q:how come after 15 months of investigation by CPIB on GM Victor Wong of AMKTC for CBT, still no sound no shadow! AMK GRC is under Mai Hum. Looks like, he must have ORDERED CPIB which is under his armpit, to go slow, maybe if possible find ways to have Victor Wong to disappear from Planet Earth! His hands already full of other scandals and problems UNSOLVED and UNRESOLVED such as:

    Even though he has managed to USE HIS ONE HAND THAT COVERS THE WHOLE SKY in Parliament to whitewash the Lee Kayu FAMILEE saga at 38 Oxley RD, the damn Reputation of Mai Hum has already been stained with shits and tainted by his quarrel with his siblings LHY and LWL. Difficult to unwind or clean and clear up!

    Massive Transport woes after spending $billions.
    Massive flooding after spending $billions.
    Kenna Middle Finger by President D Trump.
    Kenna Snubbed by President XJP at OBOR.
    Massive $billions losses made by himself at GIC and talented wife HoLee Jinx at TH.
    Massive headache when asking for solutions to all problems ONLY to receive Nodding of Heads from all his yesmen and yes women! HoLee Shits!

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  • PAP caught "dirty" again:

    Indranee’s wayang is as good as LHL when he acquitted himself of allegations of dishonesty and abuse of power made by his siblings. PAP used Parliament again as a kang***oo court. So what else is new?

    Are you ready to “clear the (PAP) swamp” called Parliament at the next GE? I am. VTO.

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  • rukidding:

    Ever since the success of the “planned scam”, which saw their pay rise by Obscene sums……

    ,,,,these “Scums” and their “Moral Integrity” has now “degenerated” to that which is “worst than any PIG’s shit” !

    ..and those 70% Dafts are OK with it…as long as “they” too “gets some benefits” ????

    Welcome to Stinkapore ….a land ,govern by P.a.p. ( Pimps and prostitutes )

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  • oxygen:

    IF THIS WAS A TRANSGRESSION OF WORKERS PARTY OR SDP, you all can bet your cawked that the PAPpy’s sky of scorn and hate-filled rhetoric will fall on LEE-jiapore burying all its peasants inhabitants to their early demise – EXCEPT THE PAPpys of course.

    PAPpys morality is always a comedy of hypocritical virtue show.

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  • Wai Tellie:

    Uncle Phillip, does telling half truths has the same meaning as lying? Not telling the full truths means lying, am I correct? My mother always say lying is also a sin. Why Auntie Indranee not scared to go to HELL? Why she needs to lie?

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    Nothing WRONG in practising the “Art of sprouting TRUTH in lies” as taught by the Master ILLUSIONIST now DEAD!!!

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  • Ahmadtir:

    Sure n swift Cpib has been sleeping or its minister in charge also slipping?

    Its dangerous n disingenuous to have Cpib reporting to pmo?

    And commercial crime reporting to shame……..what a waste of talent in Glenn knight…….he should have just got a transfer will do!

    Look at Lucy…….also report to pmo? Personal counsel make ag above 62 years old……..hey don’t forget to change the appointment laws?

    Any more corruption in glcs…….what about temasek or gic……..heng heng something crawl out of the wood works involving the old c***!

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  • The Rot Started From The Top:

    This is proof, how half truth which is in fact Fake News’ are generated by PAP gang, then pass to society. Therefore, I hope the Select Committee task to study and legislate fake news must first look into the regime’s frequent spreading half truth and fake news. In this corruption case, it is clear enough that Ms Indranee’s half truth version is to hide facts in order to bury the case for good, and because the Dishonourable Son’s wife must be involved, directly or indirectly.

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  • Stay away from Keppel:

    No foreign companies will touch Keppel at least for newx few years.

    When evil is not punished, it lingers on.

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  • good one!!:

    Another good piece by Phillip!! Now that that female clown has been caught with her panty down, wonder if she would dare to challenge Phillip’s ‘half truth’??

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Is there a surprise for PAP to tell you half truth?

    PAP already taken Singaporeans as idiot, believing everything PAP said!!

    PAP has to be reminded that there is still 30%, which can differential the fake and the truth. I am sure there are some in the 70% which just pretending to be stupid, some choose to be stupid to be benefited from it and some real stupid.

    PAP is so concentrated and zealous to ‘fix’ the opposition that she forgotten to cover her own backside.

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  • Why WP never ask ?:

    P Ang asked ” Will conditional warnings be issued from today onwards for all subsequent corruption cases as long as fines ar paid and the culprits provided full cooperation duirng investigations?” The big problem is why WP MPs never ask this important question in parliament? Why? We are indeed very sad to vote in the wrong MPs into parliament, never ask serious questions , never press for clarifications when minister side steps to answer questionsand allow them to get away scot free, just like that! How sad!. Neitizens have no doubt JBJ would get to the bottom of things if he was still around, we would see a big difference from the present crop of oppo MPs, jiak liow bees, happily pocketing the 16 K monthly allowance that’s all!

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  • Greed knows no bounds:

    I just cant believe all the taichi n wayanging to deflect bringing the guilty top ppl to justice.
    Are they trying to protect or shielding some V.V.I.P.???
    If this happened in japan or s.korea the top boss will bow to the people n resign.
    As he takes responsibilty for the company.
    Here,no. The unthinkable happens. Pay fines n continue holding their posts n salaries.
    already became like those 3rd world corrupt places we read often.

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  • pap selected INDIAN president:

    SMS Indranee Rajah was the main wayang actress in Parliament to address the issue and she didn’t disappoint.

    Instead of providing answers, the evasive Indranee told half truths.

    Indranee: ” … the US$422 million penalty imposed on the company is about eight times the amount it paid in bribes“.

    pap snake mugam who is going to look into FAKE news must take into account half truths as sama sama as FAKE news.

    even though pap is the standard bearer in half truths via pap newspapers the states times and pap tv mediacorpse since pap snake mugam is going to look into FAKE news must be honourable enough to do the right thing.

    BTW we are old. when we were young were told to be more careful of the ah neh than the cobra because the ah neh is the more dangerous of the two. so no wonder. looking at india ah nee we are just amazed at how accurately we have been told when we were young. india ah nee shall be the KEY example of bearer of FAKE news and pap snake mugam who is going to look into law to tackle FAKE news has his job made easy since the standard bearer is right next to him in his own pap clan.

    out point is this. half truth news is FAKE news. anyone in a position of influence in Singapore who knowingly spreads half truths must be taken to task for knowingly spreading FAKE news. the same law must apply to pap newspapers the states times the current standard bearer for pap half truths.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    when clown looked at INDIAN and declares malay isn’t this FAKE news?

    when pap clown pap jiak liao bee tan and pap wooden goh were INSIDE chengsan grc on polling day and so were on wrong side of the pap law but were declared okay by changing definition of INSIDE as not within 200m isn’t this changed definition FAKE news too?

    otherwise, INDIAN is malay? otherwise, INSIDE is not within (200m)?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • Samuel S:

    When this woman speaks it just always let Singaporean down. Remembering she used to side LKYwhen he is alive, when he is gone, she betrayed him in the debates of 38 Oxley.

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  • No one above the LAW:

    Lee ShengWu said correctly. ShengWu Yu are a patriot and we salute Yu. Which means those who took taxpayer monies and chose selective prosecution – themselves ought to be haul up. We need a change of government to bring justice to those who are corrupt.

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  • No one above the LAW:

    What the F all group thinking Cabinets ? are they all brain dead dead woods? Million of dollars does cloud a person judgement and his ability to serve the nation before self.

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  • WTF enterprises:

    Directors don’t know – then WTF to have directors and paid them Sky-rocket remuneration!

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  • Harry Lee Tua Kee:

    Half truth + half lies = FAKE NEWs, and this regime had all along been doing this, and yet they boast of high integrity and honesty, but accusing others, especially those whom oppose their ruling. Shameless Pay And Pay.

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  • common sense:

    say half truths yet dont apologise for mislead parliament, PAP is having double standard as one can see.
    BUT the daft 70% is busying struggling for survival they dont have time to
    read newspaper and follow politics……..they cannot see and behave like blind…
    PAP becoming more daring to indulge in halfs truths, they have no shame but the world can see their TRUE CHARACTERS and cannot be trusted at ALL.

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  • FCPA URL:

    The news referred to by this article is found here :

    http://www.fcpablog.com/blog/2018/1/2/at-keppel-it-wasnt-a-rogue-employee-it-was-widespread-corrup.html

    Now we know, SINGAPURA, like all countries has serious KHAWKRUPTION GOING ON.

    So, we should just accept it as a part of life , maciam like we masturbate. It’s a necessary evil.

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  • Bapak:

    No one above the LAW:
    Lee ShengWu said correctly. ShengWu Yu are a patriot and we salute Yu. Which means those who took taxpayer monies and chose selective prosecution – themselves ought to be haul up. We need a change of government to bring justice to those who are corrupt.

    He said to go into politic one must lie. And he is right.

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  • nihon:

    if this is a private company, will they get off with a global fine and conditional warning?

    double standards.

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  • Honest Masturbator dude:

    PAP has the mandate:
    The saying goes “Birds of the same feathers, flock(fu*k) together” and the other one “Power corrupt, absolute power absolute corruption”.

    But your world best regurjitators Singaporeans INSIST NOT TO AUDIT THEM.

    The ROT will lead to eventual systemic collapse.

    No singaporean accountant can see this. They are Jia Liao bee!

    All should be disqualified of their accountant certification.

    All can be silenced and they all never uphold their professional ethics .

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  • pap selected INDIAN president:

    Why WP never ask ?:
    P Ang asked ” Will conditional warnings be issued from today onwards for all subsequent corruption cases as long as fines ar paid and the culprits provided full cooperation duirng investigations?” The big problem is why WP MPs never ask this important question in parliament? Why? We are indeed very sad to vote in the wrong MPs into parliament, never ask serious questions , never press for clarifications when minister side steps to answer questionsand allow them to get away scot free, just like that! How sad!. Neitizens have no doubt JBJ would get to the bottom of things if he was still around, we would see a big difference from the present crop of oppo MPs, jiak liow bees, happily pocketing the 16 K monthly allowance that’s all!

    bro, the parleementary system is stacked against asking the inconvenient questions. THAT is why no live telecast.

    imagine you are OPPOSITION in parleement and want to do good and do right. YOU shall realize how the parleementary system is tweaked against you. THEN you realize you are squeezed in the balls and yet your voters are screaming at you for not asking this for not asking that.

    BUT fear not. as more and more local born gets displaced and joins critical mass, once critical mass happens, pap kaputs. THEN we shall have new government to right all the current pap wrongs.

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  • definition tricks:

    //Will conditional warnings be issued from today onwards for all subsequent corruption cases as long as fines ar paid and the culprits provided full cooperation duirng investigations?”//

    aiyoh. how would you know whether full cooperation is given or not; and the degree / pace / timing of how the investigation news is going to be released or not released ? it is the white idiots who decide / define lar (and then case closed lar if the white idiots so decide also) and white idiots will probably give ownself-check-ownself kind of explanation like e.g 4 = 5, not-my-brudder (double standard), inside is not within.

    the problems is that white monkey idiots have too much power that they somehow feel that they can play language / definition tricks on the simple daft minds of many sinkies that they have no choice but to be resigned to it.

    //Neitizens have no doubt JBJ would get to the bottom of things if he was still around, we would see a big difference from the present crop of oppo MPs//

    so did 70% applaud this fact. and how did JBJ end up. you think the white idiots would allow the majority to see the difference in a 151th environment. a lot more would not even know about WP or JBJ if not for the internet and social media.

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