In a recent development, Transport Minister S Iswaran has been called upon to assist the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in an ongoing investigation. The bureau, in its statement released on Wednesday, refrained from disclosing specific details regarding the nature of the case.
However, it is understood that Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been informed about the investigation and has granted his consent for a formal inquiry.
CPIB’s Director, Mr. Denis Tang, sought the Prime Minister’s concurrence last Wednesday, prompting the commencement of a formal investigation on July 11. Acknowledging the public’s interest in the case due to a minister being interviewed, CPIB emphasized its commitment to conducting a thorough investigation to establish the facts and uphold the rule of law.
As investigations are still ongoing, the bureau was unable to provide further information at this time.
In light of the investigation, Prime Minister Lee has instructed Transport Minister S Iswaran to take a leave of absence until the completion of the inquiry. During this period, Senior Minister of State Chee Hong Tat will assume the role of Acting Minister for Transport.
Here’s what PM lee shared about the case : .
“On 5 July 2023, Director of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) briefed me on a case CPIB had uncovered, and sought my concurrence to open a formal investigation. This would involve interviewing Minister S Iswaran, among others”.
“I gave Director CPIB my concurrence on 6 July 2023, following which the formal investigation began on 11 July 2023. Minister Iswaran is currently assisting CPIB with the investigations, which are ongoing”.
“I have instructed Minister Iswaran to take leave of absence until these investigations are completed. In Minister Iswaran’s absence, Senior Minister of State Chee Hong Tat will be Acting Minister for Transport”.
The People’s Action Party (PAP) has been approached by CNA for information regarding Mr. Iswaran’s position as a Member of Parliament while the investigation progresses.
It is crucial to note Singapore’s steadfast stance against corruption, with a strict zero-tolerance approach. CPIB, as the nation’s anti-graft agency under the Prime Minister’s Office, emphasizes its commitment to investigating all cases impartially and taking decisive action against any individuals involved in corrupt activities.
The investigation is expected to shed light on the matter and uphold Singapore’s reputation for integrity and adherence to the rule of law. Further updates will be provided as the investigation progresses.
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