Thursday, January 26, 2012

Corruption - Many types and forms...

Happy Chinese New Year !- say first, in case I forget.

Yesterday afternoon, we were all greeted by this rather shocking news that top officials are under investigation for "mis-conduct".. The Chinese evening papers reported that the cases involved "sex and money".....hmmm so what else is new? We shouldn't even be shock that such things happen except this is Singapore, the cleanest country on earth. Some of you may be tempted to link this to the recent salary debate - "pay top dollar still like that" but lets not be oversimplify the mechanisms involved in corruption and in many instances things are more subtle, unprovable and even legal in nature. I'm not privy to the details of the ongoing case but by the time it gets onto the papers, the authorities have probably collected plenty of evidence.

A few months ago an interest piece of information emerged in the US. A study in a book called "Throw Them All Out" showed that stock investments made by members of the Congress have out performed market averages over the long term and CBS' 60 Minutes did an expose[Link]. Its not just good investment performance but extraordinary performance - the congressmen did better than the best fund managers. Several plausible explanations have emerged - legislators make decisions that favor their investments, they have access to information not available to the public etc. Obama is now seeking legislation to prevent the congressmen from profiting from their positions[Link].

I brought up this example to show you the elements that is missing from  our system to stop these more subtle forms of mis-conduct by those in office. Whether the congressmen have acted in a corruptly to fatten their pockets which cannot be proven in this case is secondary to importance of having system components in place to detect such problems.  First, public access to information on the assets of office holders. This is extremely important and even Malaysia has recognized this and will require office holders to list their assets[Malaysian cabinet ministers' families may have to declare assets]. The 2nd element is good independent investigative journalism. Third is vibrant and democratic system in which the people have the power to press for change and the govt cannot hush up wrongdoing.

Singapore is viewed as one of the top few corruption-free country. This is the result of what looks like a "zero-tolerance" for corruption in govt and relatively few cases of corruption. There are places where "everyone" takes  bribes especially in developing countries. Singapore and Hong Kong used to be quite bad. Good effective cleanups by anti-corruption agencies help to purge much of the corruption. However, in the past few years I notice that "traditional" under the table corruption started rising again. I follow such cases quite closely and, in many instances, by the time the CPIB steps in, the problem is quite extensive. Take the example of the case involving sea-food suppliers bribing chefs of top restaurants  - the scale and widespread corruption surprised many.  In the case that involved the famous loanshark "Ah Long San", numerous police officers were on the take. In the Citiraya case, the perpetrators were able to bribe everyone along the supply chain from store men, purchasers, managers etc to carry out their scam. My point is while people here don't go and look for bribes, many can be persuaded to take one "under the right conditions".  While we like to believe that "Singaporeans are honest", the truth is they succumb to temptation like the people of other countries and they may more fearful than honest as they believe our police is very efficient at catching them. Recent years, however, the large influx of foreigners bringing with them the culture from back home and influencing workers here has help to undo some of positive traits in Singaporeans.

While the CPIB can go after a growing number of cases of traditional corruption, more subtle forms will prove difficult. One of these forms takes place through a "regulatory capture" in which industry hire regulators that leave govt paying them as consultants or hiring them into high positions in the company. The idea is to establish a relationship with regulators so that they are not so strict to the industry. This is hard to detect and prove because regulators acquire skill sets that is required by the industry so a certain level of such hiring is natural. Here are some examples : Revolving Door: From Top Futures Regulator to Top Futures, Regulators Hired by Toyota Helped Halt Acceleration Probes, U.S. Drilling Regulators Hired by Oil Companies. Such unhealthy relationships can build up between people doing acquisition in govt and suppliers especially in the defense industry. To detect these problems and know if an unheathy relationships are building up, the numbers have to be track. These unhealthy relationships are as harmful "women and money" type corruption. In the current case, these top officers appeared to have succumbed to lure of women and allowed a local IT supplier to circumvent standard procurement procedures. The same could have happened if an unhealthy relationship is formed, say, by  the supplier routinely hiring  top officers can result in influence in decision making. For the current case, it is not known who this supplier is right now but once that come to light, check its hiring record - does it routinely hire top people from govt?

A decade ago, the US implemented a law to make it illegal for US citizens give bribes when they are in other countries. This was to prevent US businesses from committing corruption in other countries in particular 3rd world countries. Businesses tried to lobby against that law arguing that they would be disadvantaged when they compete for business in some countries. Singapore businessmen learn how to get things done in China, India and Indonesia ...and very often they take those habits back home. Such practices also get here through the massive foreign influx. Our policemen are often tempted by foreigners who  resort to giving money whenever they get into trouble - they come from countries where you have to learn to bribe as a matter of survival. Unless the CPIB can keep growing its capacity to combat corruption, this problem will keep growing along with more subtle forms that the CPIB does not address.  We took a unbridled capitalistic approach to GDP growth and the rule of money has come to dominate our society and erode our core values. The importance of money in our society is clearly seen when a certain party finds itself unable to \find people to serve the public unless it pays the highest salaries in the world and argue that such high pay is necessary to prevent dishonesty. At some point unless we wise up, the benefits of unfettered capitalism will run out and its deleterous effects will cause decay in our society.

61 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy new year , Lucky. Keep up your good work, I always enjoy your pieces.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you Lucky. I suggest a maximum of 2 terms limit for all "CEOs" in civil service and stat boards. U think PAP will do it? US President post allows max 2 terms.
Period not more than 10 years or less.

Just my thots on this issue.

Anonymous said...

Cases so far are clear cut bribery. What about situations/cases where personal favours were granted due to profile or positions of civil servants concerned? Need a place in a premium school, kind words during scholarship interviews etc. The list goes on and I am sure all of us have some interesting stories to share. How do the government account for this "guanxi" connection creeping up.

Anonymous said...

In Sin, even preachers
of various Faiths were
found and convicted of
misconducts.
Is anyone expecting
those in power and
authority to be whiter
than white?
Singaporeans must be
dreaming as had been
exhorted by Emeritus
Minister Goh Chok Tong.

Anonymous said...

All in the pursuit of more dignity.

Anonymous said...

"Corruption - Many shapes and forms..."

Doesn't matter corruption in what shapes and forms lah, or whether exist or not, most important is the ruling party can still win elections with at least 2/3 majority seats in Parliament.

And the ruling party remains strong and united, unlike the opposition. One way is to pay officials very well to minimise, not eliminate, corruption. Just like there is no such thing as 100% mandate at elections, there is also no such thing as zero corruption.

This situation applies to all countries. Any ruling party which cannot ensure this first and foremost will be toppled, as had happened in other countries.

It's that straightforward but not all govts can achieve.

Anonymous said...

上梁不正下梁歪!

If leaders set bad example, subordinates are likely to follow.

In Singapore, we should ask how many ministers' children have been granted state scholarships, and how many relatives of current and former ministers have been given high posts in civil service or GLCs.

The scary part is such practices are deemed acceptable nowaday. But if you are the PM and it is OK for your father to control GIC and wife to control Temasek, what is impossible?

Anonymous said...

I think Singapore is short of talented people to be Ministers, MPs, generals, top civil servants and heads of key govt agencies.

Why? Partly because these jobs are not opened to foreign talents, right? And when there is shortage, the price goes up.

Whereas my job and your job is easily taken over by many foreign talents who are cheaper, younger and faster.

Anonymous said...

Yes please provide a list of assets owned by Lee Hsien Loong, Tony Tan, Ho Ching, Goh Chok Tong, Lee Kuan Yew. It is time for some investigative journalism.

Anonymous said...

Innocent until proven guilty in respect of Ng Boon Gay. Just hope it is not a personal revenge, to tarnish his image. He had the guts to do the right thing by revealing the wrong drug stats for the past 2 years by the previous CNB Directorate whom mislead the PS (MHA), Minister MHA, Parliment and the general public at large.One of them retired happily but the other then Dy Dir CNB Mr. Ng Ser Song is returning as Director CNB. A promotion for his glaring and grave mistakes!!! Looks like if Ng Boon Gay played along with the wrong stats or covered it up, he will verly likely given a GOOD CONDUCT medal!!!

The Pariah said...

Yep, agree with Lucky that institutional checks-and-balances need strengthening.

This politically timed disclosure of CPIB arrests right after parliamentary debate on ministerial pay makes me wonder if Wan Bao knew any earlier ... Both top appts were approved by then President SR Nathan with $4.2mn salary, as recommended by Council of Presidential Advisers?

- Peter Lim Sin Pang, Commissioner of SCDF - Appointed in May 2009; Arrested in Jan 2012.

- Ng Boon Gay, Director of CNB - Appointed in Jan 2011; Arrested in Dec 2011.


How long have they been sinning in gaiety before such top-dog appts?

Anonymous said...

Dear LT,

I could quite fairly firmly believe that when it comes to paying millions to the minister using our income tax and taxpayers' money, many in the 60% Singaporeans actually believe or seem to believe that it's OK because they reckon other governments are probably earning more on the side while underclaring to their citizens.

I asked a single female teacher and she told me that the only difference is that our government does it in the open compared to the rest.

Many believe that our government actually deserve it. It's interesting to note that many female singaporean actually vote without knowing the situation in the country.

But for rising prices of HDB flats, no universal or at least some form of subsidised healthcare, this government policies are OK.

And guess what? She's a social studies teacher.

Dear LT,

Singapore runs on a hierarchical Confucian society and the government insists on perpetuating this. Such a system is open to many abuses, be it human rights or otherwise. Our government don't believe in humans. They believe the Singaporean voter is OBLIGATED to serve them and play out their designated roles.

Respecting the voter, improving the quality of life are an alien concepts to them. So minimum wage and universal healthcare or even retirement CPF are not on their minds. People are asking how are they going to survive in their old age when they are drawing half a million dollar HDB loan at 2.6% (the government allows HDB to charge a higher interest for your HDB repayment than your own CPF) to pay for their HDB flat? In the next, 20 years, we will be witnessing many Singaporeans working and struggling in their old age after wiping their CPF cleaned because the government allowed public housing to be commercialised.

This, in and of itself, is a serious matter but no one is saying a word on it but Leong Sze Hian.

Anonymous said...

'But if you are the PM and it is OK for your father to control GIC and wife to control Temasek, what is impossible? "

How true. It's a tragedy, really. It is a bad system if you have power been passed on within the family. It's a monarchy under the facade of democracy.

Many posters having been concerned about the pysche of these 60% who voted for such harmful policies by the incumbent. It's no mean feat to decipher what goes through the minds of such individuals.

My take is that our weak government is now riding on the goodwill reputation of its party's forefathers. But this is changing as the young voters can clearly observe something is not right in Singapore. 53% of Singapore's youths want to migrate permanently.

The problem is this one-party system has gotten so comfortable, it can act out hubris by debating how much its pocket ought to be filled. What is sickeing about this government is that they are consdecending and they love to talk down to the Singaporean.
Mr. Tan, the fact of the matter, sir, many Singaporeans have not been tested by the system yet.

When they buy a flat or fall sick, then...it will dawn on them. As clear as the sun.

In the meantime, they are all busy partying.

Cheers!

Ng Eng Hou said...

Who say Singapore is the cleanest or very clean?! Only on the surface!

At the area I stay (at Marine Parade), I see a lot of meaningless renovations (just merely knocking down some old bricks/tiles here and there and changing into new ones though they still can be used). I suspect this could be due to some well-connected contractors 'begging' the local MPs or town councils for contracts in return for some favors. These are mostly meaningless works, because they don't help residents there, no value-added. The old good tiles have been changed into new but slippery tiles which cause many accidents - the slippery tiles caused many people to fall and injure themselves.

I'm Very Suspicious Of All These Projects!

Anonymous said...

At anon 26/1 10.01.
Only the papies say they are whiter than white; nobody else says that of them .Thats the reason they gave to justify their immoral pay.Preachers n the majority of people are paid so much less that the whiter of whites.Maybe we will be more sympathetic if they change the colour of their dress code to grey

Anonymous said...

has emiritus woody goh woken up from his swiss dream yet ?

Anonymous said...

The Singapore system is decaying and disintegrating. This will accelerate the moment LKY kick the bucket.

Anonymous said...

Take a look at the 'designs' on the roads at Lynwood Grove ,Wolskel Road & Jalan Girang in Braddel Heights Estate.It sure cost lots of money & for what purpose.Which contractor has benefitted? Money could have been better spent for those who are in dire straits.

Anonymous said...

There are many people including teachers who just swallow what the straits times publishes n believe them to be true.

Anonymous said...

From my perspective, Singapore has been converted to a money only matters society. For example in the SAF do we emphasise to our solders the value of we leave no man behind like the US army? If not then in time of war it will be every man for himself. Do we transmit the value of self sacrifice not compensated by money like the US coast guard swimming diver of so that others may live? All these values are important to hold a society together and not emphasizing that sacrifice must be monetized!

Anonymous said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!

As the saying goes, "Absolute power corrupts absolutely".

It never pays to put too much faith in one political party or system because as time goes by, things change and bad apples creep into the system. Even if the PAP started out with purely altruistic intentions, who knows how the newer generation of leaders really think? Maybe they outwardly pretend to want to serve the public, but inwardly only care about their "standard of living".

Really hope that Singaporeans have learnt their lesson and vote in more opposing MPs for check and balance in parliament.

Anonymous said...

"Low crime does not mean no crime"
Ministry of Home Affairs

"High Pay does not mean no crime"
Singaporeans with Eyes Wide Opened.

Anonymous said...

"From my perspective, Singapore has been converted to a money only matters society."
Anon 26/1/12 12:55

It's OK as long as 60%, whether got money or not, still vote PAP.

Anonymous said...

"From my perspective, Singapore has been converted to a money only matters society."
Anon 26/1/12 12:55

It's OK as long as 60%, whether got money or not, still vote PAP.

Anonymous said...

It looks like high pay not enough.

The compensation package must include;
high pay + extra curricular sex

Anonymous said...

Politicians in Malaysia and Indonesia take $millions but the run the risk of going to jail. In Singapore politicians take $millions but is protected by the law. Which system is fairer ?

Anonymous said...

60% of Singaporeans are forced to vote for the pap in one way or another.

Anonymous said...

After so many years of studying as a scholar;
the big head is very tired;
so now let the little head do the thinking instead.

As a scholar, not much time & chance to use the little head.

Anonymous said...

"In August 2010, after President Benigno Aquino received his first paychecks, Philippine newspapers reported that his salary was PhP95,000 per month and by 2011, the president's salary will reach P107,000 a month, and P120,000 by 2012." - Wikipedia

1 S$ = P34 so P120,000 = S$3516 per month.

So any talented Pinoy manager or professional working in Singapore for some time can match or even exceed their President's salary!

Of course for the same pay, they must be more talented than Singaporeans lah. Some more for the male ones, also no need to serve NS so better for their bosses!

Anonymous said...

Anybody knows what is the annual salary (or range) of SCDF commissioner or CNB director?

Is it published anywhere?

Anonymous said...

Gong xi, gong xi. In an odd way, the fact that potentially a GLC needs to go to ehrm, great lengths to be successful in government procurement proves that there is some ehrm, arm's length in transactions involving public monies.

Anonymous said...

Singapore is really a fucked up country. Totally. The men served 2-2.5 years of national slavery, reservists and the female singaporean get off scott free. Singaporean guys must be fucking stupid. What equality is this
?

Anonymous said...

Pay high salary to keep their hands out of the cookie jar.

Now got to give them extra curricular sex to keep their little peckers out of the nookie jar.

Why so difficult to keep all these scholars corruption free?

Must be character flaw.

Anonymous said...

@ ANON: 26/1/12 17:27

Singaporean male should be paid $3,000/month to serve National Service.

Then for sure even the female Singaporeans will want to volunteer for National Service.

Anonymous said...

"Really hope that Singaporeans have learnt their lesson and vote in more opposing MPs for check and balance in parliament."

Yes,please vote in more mother fukkers oppo leaders who command equally obscene salary

Anonymous said...

@NG Eng Hua...... What did your MP have to say about that?

Anonymous said...

I suspect our gov is generally blind to the sexcapades of their highly esteemed slate of civil and corporate generals and officers.
This case is exceptional. It involves sex AND gov business and committed by top level people and they have to or forced to act.

If they police immoral activities in all the high places,not only the whole establishment and brand be dirtied, many talented people may quit and seek work with less kaypoh private employers

Anonymous said...

Stop insider trading within those in government.

Anonymous said...

most ridiculous!
how can ST Electronics bribe these guys?

i mean, ST is gahmen 1, so they need to bribe gahmen guys to win contract meh?

conspiracy theory is that these 2 jokers are most prob messing around with opposition party, got found out and now they are being made examples!

Anonymous said...

"Innocent until proven guilty in respect of Ng Boon Gay. Just hope it is not a personal revenge, to tarnish his image. He had the guts to do the right thing by revealing the wrong drug stats for the past 2 years by the previous CNB Directorate whom mislead the PS (MHA), Minister MHA, Parliment and the general public at large.One of them retired happily but the other then Dy Dir CNB Mr. Ng Ser Song is returning as Director CNB. A promotion for his glaring and grave mistakes!!! Looks like if Ng Boon Gay played along with the wrong stats or covered it up, he will verly likely given a GOOD CONDUCT medal!!!"

It sounds fishy in this saga if the above is true. Only those involved will know the true truth.

Anonymous said...

"From my perspective, Singapore has been converted to a money only matters society. For example in the SAF do we emphasise to our solders the value of we leave no man behind like the US army? If not then in time of war it will be every man for himself. Do we transmit the value of self sacrifice not compensated by money like the US coast guard swimming diver of so that others may live? All these values are important to hold a society together and not emphasizing that sacrifice must be monetized!"

Our national pledge that we all recited for the last 46 years is only an aspiration and not a goal for the nation. So, what do you really expect when we have a crisis or war?

Anonymous said...

Corruption can be in many forms.

Let's not forget the following cases:
1. Ministers' salary is never accepted by the people through referendum but approved by a parliament that controlled by the salary formula proposer.
2. What happen to the Dr Susan Lim's case?
3. What happen to the overpricing of HDB by this Sim Lim contractor that has an NUS staff in its board of directors, who is also a director of HDB?
4. What happen to the investigation on City Harvest church?

It seems CPIB is only working on selected cases and is not really transparent to the public? How could we believe such highly opaque system to be justice and fair?

Anonymous said...

LT,

Do not forget the Shell corruption case that ended up rebuilding the entire factory on different site of the Bukum island? Heard that Shell staff accepted not just money from the contractors but also women, expensive gift like watches and even yacht depending their ranking in Shell. Shell staff were paid the highest at that time.

Shell is a model organization and management system of our Singapore government ruled by MIWs. One of the former MIW minister was from Shell. Can you image?

Anonymous said...

"Politicians in Malaysia and Indonesia take $millions but the run the risk of going to jail. In Singapore politicians take $millions but is protected by the law. Which system is fairer ?"

Our system is fairer - we pay much higher but our PM and ex-PMs have lesser total wealth than Pres. Suharto. The difference in the wealth reflects the sacrifice made by our present and past PMs. But we all know what happened to Suharto and if our ministers try to play catchup, we still have 2016?

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Fred S said...

happy new year lucky and to all who read you. looking forward to following you in 2012

Anonymous said...

Would any of you consider this as a form of "corruption"?

Foreigners come to singapore and enrol into educatuon programs that last for 1 year or more.

They do not intend to pass or to accquire the skills or the knowledge.
Their purpose is to stay long enough for the "green card"

For some, they enrol into Workforce Skills Qualification ( WSQ) programmes, pay the full fees ( no subsidies ). These courses are offered by some establishments that hire assessors who are very inclined to rate them as "competent". Despite their poor grasp of English.

Would this be another form of "corruption"? or is this simply Abuse?

Anonymous said...

Usually for courses, competent means they satisfy a specific set of criteria for which they are assessed.

For instance if the criteria is to be able to recite alphabets A to Z, then they will be assessed as "competent" if they are able to. If not, they are "not competent".

There is also no grading, it is either "competent" or "not competent".

So when talking about being competent, it is about having a very specific skill or knowledge. And this can even be easy and simple to some or most people but not to others.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Lucky Tan! Great Blog!

People Abusing Party said...

This is corruption:

Minister of National Development, Khaw Boon Wan, hopes to announce changes in the balloting rules for the sales of HDB's built-to-order (BTO) flats to be launched in March.

The first batch of HDB’s BTO projects for 2012 will offer 4,000 new homes. The project closed on Tuesday and posted an application rate of 1.5 first-timers for every available flat.

“The first-timer application rate is currently a comfortable 1.5. Not surprising. This is similar to the rate of 1.6 in the November BTO. Both are good rates; they mean that practically all will get a chance to choose a unit,” noted Mr Khaw.

As for second-timers in the January BTO launch, the application rate was 23.9 against the 25.9 seen in November.

A first-timer refers to an applicant who has never bought a HDB flat directly from the HDB, nor received a CPF Housing Grant.

“Our goal to help young couples get their first homes is coming true,” Mr Khaw said, adding that “we can now move on to better help the second-timers.”

Many young couples can't get a flat and the recent lauches do not mean the young singaporean couples will move in. It simply means they can move in 2.5 years later in August 2014.

What has led to the drop of 1.5 per unit of BTO is not Khaw's effort but the fact that many young singaporean couples have been forced to buy resale flats, so we're seeing a drop of applications for BTOs.

These couples are chalking $33 000 dollars in COV.

Khaw is whitewashing again.

http://www.propertyguru.com.sg/property-management-news/2012/1/32136/khaw-proves-point-by-releasing-median-q4-cov-figur

Khaw said:

In his latest blog entry titled “Who Bids High?”, Mr Khaw highlighted that private property owners topped the list for median COV paid at S$45,000, while second-timers, FIRST-TIMERS, permanent residents (PRs) and singles paid S$34,000, S$33,000, S$32,000 and S$31,000 respectively.

It has nothing to do with Khaw's effort. What has happened is that young singaporean couples are now buying resale HDB flats instead of buying BTOs.

jellyfish07 said...

新年進步 dear Lucky :) thanks for all the great postings, keep them coming in the year of dragon:)

Anonymous said...

Mr. Tan,

Singapore is all about hype and no substance lah.

Open a Singapore guide book and it'll tell the world that singaporeans like eating chilli crab and chilli crab is the the number one food in singapore.

Do you think so?

It's all hype man.

When our PM comes in and tells us that he wants a 2 million from our income tax to pay his salary, he is setting up an illusion to the public that the fact that he would daringly in the fucking open media make an assertion that he deserves a million dollar lifestyle, he gives daft singaporeans the reason to believe that such a claim must be true. Otherwise why would he shamelessly debate this in the parliament.

The bigger and daring the claim, the more the people are likened to buy their assertion.

They're painting the illusion that they are the best. Even today's Straits Times quoted a bloomberg article on them.

We have an incompetent government whose full of hype.

We need to do something about this.

Anonymous said...

Notice how the PM first seek to understand in his arguement the people's concern about the million dollar salaries and then after that address his request to cut 1 million and keep 2 million.

They don't mean wha they say.

You're serving NS for lazy singapore women who can't give births and for PRs and the rich here where you are needed to defend and protects the assets of the rich.

NS has lost its real value. 53% of singapore youths want to migrate permanently.

Anonymous said...

The corruption cases reported now are only the tip of the iceberg.
If only they probe they will be shocked to know that corruption is so pervasive in Singapore. Singapore corruption ranking must surely drop in coming years. Years of inaction by the CPIB has engendered these people to be more bold.

Anonymous said...

What about using one's authority to allow their son to escape harsh NS training for 12 years? Is this not equally serious as the two guys currently being investigated?

Anonymous said...

People are greedy in nature, the more they are paid, the more money they want. i cannot believe that LKY did not learn that from the Jap during Ww2. Did the Japs stop killing chinese after killing so many chinese? The answer is No.

Anonymous said...

Their bosses should also be sacked and let go especially their top most boss.

Anonymous said...

Most top guys in all TH related companies are corrupted. I am sure there are many of them ig CPIB wanna nailed them down.

Anonymous said...

In view of the recent unfortunate incidents involving chiefs of CNB and SCDF, the PAP government has come to realize that money alone is not enough to prevent corruption of top government officials.

From now on, every Singaporean is obliged to present their virgin daughters to PAP ministers for deflowering. After the ministers, other superscale level government officials will take their turns in order of their pay grades.

Singaporeans need to make sacrifices to ensure the honesty and integrity of their PAP leaders.

--- Excerpt from new government white paper "Competitive Sexual Incentives for Competent and Honest Government"

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous 29/1/12 06:27

The truth is Singaporean girls are all deflowered very earlier before legal age, you will be horrified at some of their sexual exploits.

The Pariah said...

For all the PAP Govt blabberings about TRANSPARENCY and GOVERNANCE, there is a glaring systemic hole with Singapore's current "Revolving Doors Syndrome" - whether:

(a) from Private sector to Public/Political service; or

(b) from Public/Political service to Private sector; or

(c) under a more anomalous but still incestuous Private Public Partnership.


Esp for the senior positions (ie, a job that pays > $8k per month), surely there must be a substantive "Gardening Leave" of at least 3 years that bars any appointment (whether on payroll, consultancy or project-basis) in direct/indirect related sectors.

If these senior people have marketable skills, they would still be able to contribute economically and professionally in unrelated sectors during such 3-year Gardening Leave.

If they can't, then it tells you they aren't top quality.