Singapore anti-graft agency probes transport minister

  • Singapore’s anti-graft agency has launched an investigation into a case involving the city-state’s transport minister, a rare high-level probe in a country that prides itself on a government free from corruption.
  • The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau said it was interviewing the minister, S Iswaran, who was “assisting” in a case, but did not provide further details.
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Wednesday said he had “instructed Minister Iswaran to take leave of absence until these investigations are completed”.
  • The corruption bureau began investigations on 11 Jul.
  • Graft investigations involving ministers are rare in Singapore, where civil servants are paid handsomely to discourage corruption. Many cabinet ministers’ annual salaries exceed SGD1mn

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