A $10 Bribe in Singapore Can Give You Jail Term in Singapore

Singapore is know to be a clean and green city, while we are not talking about the appearance itself, but as well as the system. Singapore is governed by Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) to prosecutes corruption in public and private sectors. The government agency is established during British colonial government in 1952 and when Singapore attained self-government in 1959, it was shifted from Attorney-General’s Chambers to Prime Minister’s Office by then Singapore first prime minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. While investigations is being carried out by CPIB, it is usually done in a efficient and limited public exposure with rare cases of high profile probes.

Corruption by any Government agent is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $100,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 7 years or both.

There was a recent case that happens on 19th Jan 2014 when a former Certis CISCO security officer was sentenced to a week’s jail and $10 penalty for accepting bribe from a domestic helper. Kalaiarasan Muniandy, a 22-year-old Malaysian was carrying out his duties at Paya Lebar MRT when he prompted a helper that she will be given a summon of $300 for drinking water. The helper replied that she was unable to pay the fine and only had $10 with her, the security officer took the money and asked her to leave.

The entire matter came to light after the helper’s employer found out about the incident and lodged a police report which was referred to CPIB.

Corruption Practices Investigation Bureau
Prevention of Corruption Act
Channel Newsasia

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