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Keppel Bribery Scandal – political motivation?

1. This article in the Mothership website provide an interesting and colorful background on the Keppel bribery scandal.

2. Many multinational companies were involved in the Car Wash operation. KOM (Keppel Offshore Marine) was only one of them. It appeared to be a common practice to provide “bribes” to get contracts in Brazil.

3. The “corrupt” Brazilian officials were raising funds for the Workers party under the former President Lula. The politicians probably kept some money for themselves to supplement their meagre incomes.

4. I suspect that the US administration was not friendly with this party in power in Brazil, as it had a socialist inclination. Maybe there was a political motive on the part of the US to pursue this matter. Poor KOM got caught in this political intrigue.

5. American political parties also need large funds to fund their political campaigns. They managed to do it “legally”. The US law allows big corporations and rich elites to donate directly to the parties. Many people, in America and elsewhere, suspect that the generous US donors get some benefit in return, such as awards of big, profitable contracts in the military or health industries for example, and big tax cuts.

6. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, commonly known as FBI, probably did not have adequate resources to investigate the suspicious awards in America. But they have the resources to investigate the Car Wash operation in Brazil. The FBI probably have to prioritize their limited resources.

7. President Lula was jailed subsequently for his “corruption”.

8. It is a strange twist of fate that the Brazilian people re-elected Lula to be the president again in 2023. Perhaps the Brazilian voters did not mind the corrupt practice although it appeared to upset the Americans and many ordinary people of Singapore.
 
 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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7 Responses to “Keppel Bribery Scandal – political motivation?”

  • xoxo:

    Oh,TKL,this time your conclusion is silly.
    Americans n some sgs upset with Keppel bribing the $amba people?
    American$ not corrupt?
    Must be joking.

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  • Asd:

    I think tan king kong is FBI knows everything just like Saddam had WMD

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  • NotMyProblem:

    “… President Lula was jailed subsequently for his “corruption”.

    “It is a strange twist of fate that the Brazilian people re-elected Lula to be the president again in 2023. Perhaps the Brazilian voters did not mind the corrupt practice although it appeared to upset the Americans and many ordinary people of Singapore.”

    It is known corruption is good for business and it is meant for business. That’s how KOM was in it!

    When CPIB turned a blind eye to KOM’s corruption case, more investments will be coming into SG.

    Investors already learnt, when involved in any corruption issue, just get a fall guy to take the stern warning, and business could continues as usual.

    They also learnt that $1-$2 briberies case, may result in jail and fine, but not those involve millions of dollars! Just remember to support the PAP during election period, and the CEO will be protected by the police and CPIB. CPIB will not name the culprit too!

    That’s how PAP invites investors!

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  • Light The Way:

    People often save others just to save themselves.

    They can live with the guilt as long they are not behind bars.

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  • Trash:

    Let’s wake up! There will be no prosecution against these Keppel executives, that goes for the SPH Media group as well as the FTX fumblers! It is a classic coverup!

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  • Relaxed:

    If Spore wants to do business in a corrupt wide world, then just ignore our own standards on ethics, corruption, etc.

    Stop doing business in many countries where paying small to big bribes are almost a must.

    We do not allow guns but USA has more guns than their own population. So, we stop travelling to USA?

    Some countries do not allow cannabis. We stop going there?

    Some countries allow off-label drugs for treatment of Covid. We stop going there?

    Our Laws are different and we need to be practical and open-eyes. We are not USA and we cannot dictate to the Big Wide World.

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  • Li blood line of illuminati:

    Trash:
    Let’s wake up! There will be no prosecution against these Keppel executives, that goes for the SPH Media group as well as the FTX fumblers! It is a classic coverup!

    Why is there prosecution for Singaporean who :
    1) takes part in armed conflict overseas
    2) consumes drugs overseas
    3) joins ISIS overseas
    4) posseses child pornography overseas

    My question is : does engaging in corruption overseas comes under the same category or is it somehow not?

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