Corruption: Parliament – Govt will “move ‘as expeditiously as possible’”


The Government should try to “move ‘as expeditiously as possible’” on corruption cases

I refer to the article “Singapore seeks assistance to move ‘as expeditiously as possible’ on Keppel O&M case: Indranee” (Channel NewsAsia, Jan 8).

It states that “The Government’s intention is to move as “expeditiously as possible” on investigations relating to Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) … sought assistance for evidence from authorities in other jurisdictions

Given that the case involved several Brazil-based projects dating back to 2001, many evidences, including documents and witnesses, are located in different jurisdictions.

… will need these evidence for its investigations and has sought assistance from foreign authorities.

“Obviously the intention is to move as expeditiously as possible. However, as I have explained, not all aspects of the investigation are within our control,” she said, while adding that this is an “international case” involving several foreign investigating agencies.”

As I understand that the alleged corruption of the former general manager of Ang Mo Kio Town Council does not involve any foreign parties or transactions – why is it taking arguably rather long to investigate – as it is now already more than a year?

Given the “high profile” and “general disquiet” on this case ‘ may I suggest that we try to “move as ‘expeditiously as possible’” too on this case.

As to “While there is no agreement within the United States’ Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) that prevents the disclosure of individuals under investigation, it is “standard practice” in Singapore and many other jurisdictions to not identify individuals under criminal investigation.

“Individuals will be identified if and when charges are preferred in court” – why was the identity of the alleged corruption of the former general manager of Ang Mo Kio Town Council made public in the first place?

Leong Sze Hian

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Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.