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Senior people in various government organisations charged for white collar crimes

In recent days, we have read of some senior people in various government organisations charged for white collar crimes. Ironically, those were highly educated people and they earned well and not some lowly educated low income earners. I ask what happened?

Just this week, Jeffrey Ho Kiat, former principal consultant at IMDA along with one other person were charged for cheating the statutory board and again yesterday, a former NUS professor and an ex-research fellow were charged for cheating NUS.

Not too long ago, Maslinda Zanial, a former Head of Department at Woodgrove Secondary School was charged with criminal breach of trust too. There are more such crimes.

I am a realist and I have never expected zero crime rate in the public sector but when such news come in quick succession, it must raise eyebrows and invite public disquiet.

I applaud the respective organisations for being firm in their dealings with such people, never mind their senior position, appointment or station in life and not hush hush up.

Given what have happened, I hope that all our government organisations, statutory boards, agencies, educational institutions etc can conduct with urgency in depth and thorough reviews of their internal processes and controls to better minimise or prevent similar occurrences in future.

Furthermore, court sentences regarding such offences mustn’t lose their deterrence effect and relevancy too. Citizens’ trust and public funds shouldn’t be shaken and lost. Nothing should be curved in stone.

Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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16 Responses to “Senior people in various government organisations charged for white collar crimes”

  • opposition dude:

    Greed for money, what else?

    You really think that these ministers with their obscene pay wouldn’t be open to even more money ah?

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  • Harder Truths:

    The people who join the regime are motivated by greed and power. There is no transparency. They can – and do -what they like, when they like, how they like.When the leeders at the top get away with millions, is it surprising their minions expect that they too can get away with similar behaviour?

    Have not the situations we have seen show that the majority of these wrongdoers escape and are somehow protected? A small number get ‘caught’ They are possibly the stupid ones, or are unable to cover their tracks.

    There is always a price to be paid for wrong behaviour. In $G the price is paid by the citizens, not by the perpetrators.

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  • Billy ma:

    Apply PAP recipe to legalise corruption : paid them $millions.

    When one has ‘a lot’ & tasted that having ‘a lot’ is a lot of fun then one will want more, a lot more.

    Are these people the only one?
    Of course not.

    These people are the only one caught.
    Look at the history of their mistakes ie over many years but no one notices.

    Maybe it’s their own growing greed that exposes their own deeds.

    I for one does not believes Singapore is least corrupt than most countries.

    It’s just that here people know how to wipe their mouth after eating & also the misplaced belief there’s no corruption & people never look carefully.

    Sad.

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  • oxygen:

    SOCIAL SCIENTISTS CALL this “societal anomie” – the degeneration of morality.

    LEE-jiapore is now disintegrating very fast and AT ALL LEVELS of society.

    VERY SAD.

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Why are you so surprised that high earners have comitted crimes? Who doesn’t want more?

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  • Senior Exploit:

    Senior Stupid People without any position trying to influence the public should also be investigated like the stupid TKL. For example, If suggesting a transport solution for thoughts maybe its reasonable but to suggest tunnels for specifically “autonomous electric vehicles” then it is apparently illogically “BIASED”, suspiciously out from nowhere.

    Furthermore the “autonomous electric vehicles” have not even been proven as a viable means of transport system to begin with. Therefore, it is really out of the world “STUPID” OR apparently sinisterly biased OR for purpose of self gains that should be investigated.

    Hence we should exercise caution with who we associate with as not all people here are band of brothers for common objectives but could be here exploiting for self-gain or own business or with external business links or sinister Agenda or testing balloon for the MIW.

    Will you trust any ex-insurance idiot mentality?

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  • Avarice knows no bounds:

    The things you own end up owning you. It’s only after you lose everything that you’re free to do anything.

    To be content with too little is difficult; to be content with a lot, it’s impossible!

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  • KT:

    I think the millionaire$$$ politicians have set a bad example by paying and enriching themselves with $$$$$$$$. The greed for more money is the root all of evils. This can affect the the moral of govt servants under them. It could be they cannot get more or get close millions$$$, and hence, the situation arises they would find ways to transfer the “lui” (money in Hokkien, into their pockets. It is money no enough.

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  • xoxo:

    *NEED TO PAY TOP CIVIL SERVANTS TOP SALARIE$ or there will be corruption*???

    Pay And Pay top civil servants like no other countries still get more and more corruption cases?

    Greed cannot be satiated.
    The *crave* for *$* is like gluttons craving for food; they *eat and eat* non-stop!

    The govt cannot stop *COLLECTING MORE,MORE AND MORE $ * from peasants instead of helping us?
    They only like to $quander at whim and fancy to gain recognition from *foreign* sovwreigns and aliens( here) ?

    Look how they LOOT $100 BILLION like instant noodles,just in a jiffy and squander all.
    Even free country USA so careful?

    Then,after digging hole,quicly COLLECT MORE $ from sgs like the sudden increase in medishit premium$.

    Running SG N sgs the way the PAP does is so *ayam*; just MAKE ALL SORTS OF LAWS AND DICTATE???

    DEMOCRATIC?
    Really?!

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  • Mothership:

    @Senior Exploit

    “autonomous?” with specific tunnels specially designed for the vehicle?
    Its a total insult to the word “autonomous”.
    Only MIW ministers would buy into the FTs con jobs.

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  • TEMUSIK PATRIOT:

    When LEEders advocate the 5Cs and nothing wrong with collecting “MORE MONEY” and worse a pigeon Hole going for 1 million as ASSET ENHANCEMENT with a Helicopter view…

    What do you EXPECT simon??? don’t think >>>KNOW!!! in this case

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  • Simon Think Again:

    ” Ironically, those were highly educated people and they earned well and not some lowly educated low income earners. I ask what happened?”

    These people earn way below mediocre income. The x-PM already told you $500,000 salary is very mediocre. These are low income earners.

    You ask what happened? Think lah. Their income is too low to avoid corruption. Just pay them one or two million dollar salary and the corruptions will disappear.

    They should blame the gov for taking care of only the few at the top and neglecting them, leaving them open to temptations.

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  • THINK!!!:

    PAP gagmt for past 3 decades have become very materialistic, and very huge salary is the norm for the top people…..SOME COMING TO EASILY $1M each yr.
    AS saying go ‘ Greed has No limit’
    AS chinese proverb say “the top is not straight, the bottom is crooked.”
    THE ECONOMIC SYSTEM IS VERY MATERIALISTIC,AND MONEY COME FIRST IN ALL ENTERPRISES,INITIATIVES,THOUGHTS ……THAT IS HOW TO INCREASE MAX PROFITS .
    What u see may be the tip of an iceberg,AS TRANSPARENCY AND UPFRONT IS NOT always WITH THIS PAP GAGMT as in the case of reported Cholera cases in which few people died , AND MANY AFFECTED and information withheld till after GE in 2015,.
    THIS POSED HUGE INTEGRITY AND HONESTY PROBLEMS, AND U MAY BE BECOME AFFECTED WHILE VISITING THE AFFECTED HOSPITAL.
    SUCH IRRESPONSIBILITY FROM A GAGMT,DISREGARDING PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH OF ITS PEOPLE.
    THIS CHOLERA CASE HAPPENED ABOUT FEW MTHS BEFORE GE 2015 AND THIS PAP GAGMT KEEP WITHHOLDING VITAL INFORMATION.
    AS OFTEN THE CASE WHEN QUESTIONED BY OPPOSITION MPs…IN MANY CASES BY NO ANSWERING QUESTIONS DIRECTLY.
    WHAT HAPPENED TO KEPPEL O&M CORRUPTION CASE,NO TOP PEOPLE INVOLVED IN SINGAPORE charged in court, condoning corruption at high level when the case spread all over the world.
    THE low ranking and mid rank people are often charged with corruptions ,but not the VERY TOP people and VERY powerful people IN GAGMT, if we read the news often.
    WHERE THE INDEPENDENCE OF OUR CPIB?
    UNLIKE OTHER COUNTRIES THEIR CORRUPTION BUREAUS ARE TOTALLY INDEPENDENT AND
    PARLIAMENT LAWS PROVIDED THEM FOR TAKING ACTIONS AGAINST TOP PEOPLE .
    TIME HAS COME, WE MUST INSIST HAVING AN INDEPENDENT CPIB.
    NO TRANSPARENCY WITH TOP SALARY OF TOP PEOPLE IN GIC AND TEMASEK.
    PAP gagmt integrity and trust is very low ,yet they attacked oppostion integrity and honesty over the yrs.
    61% better think and reflect, and vote wisely for your children,grandchildren future.
    U have a faculty of mind given by GOD so use it.
    THINK!!!

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  • to maintain honesty:

    thought white idiots and gang say high pay to prevent core-rub-tion ??

    maybe senior staff are still not paid enough since no minimum wage hor ??? or maybe the whole garment sector (or the etho of the whole civer sarvice) is now conditioned that all must be paid very high to maintain ‘honesty’ and ‘integrity’ hor ??

    core-rub-tion will exist for those with opportunities to do so lar (not only those are paid low), either directly or indirectly through approving authorisation or a any one dealing with hard cash (be in a clerk, purchasing manager, sales man, financial controllers, business partners, other professionals, garment service officers or even ministars (as in a few countries but not in sinkie land lar ??) ????

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  • Innocent until proven quilty:

    They are innocent until proven otherwise.
    Give them the due process before assuming their quilt and condemn them.
    Sad situation..

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  • Dr. Chan:

    Only way to eliminate corruption in public office is term limits.
    E.g. 2 terms, kick out. Then no chance or time to play the system, get connections to take bribes etc..
    There is a quote, forgot who said it: ‘Politicians are like diapers, have to be changed constantly’.
    No amount of money can satisfy them.
    Don’t know much LHL, his cronies, Ho Ching have amassed from public coffers.
    Only a change of Government are we able to find out the truth.

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