WP NCMP criticises Channel NewsAsia for omitting questions on corruption in parliament coverage

Workers’ Party (WP) Non Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) Dennis Tan Lip Fong has criticised Channel NewsAsia for “omitting” questions on corruption he and another parliamentarian raised in the chamber, in their parliamentary coverage.

The news publication only featured Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Chan Chun Sing’s response to the questions that were raised. In a Facebook post on Saturday, the NCMP noted that The Straits Times did not cover the exchange at all. He wrote:

“I read with amusement the Channelnewsasia report on Minister Chan Chun Sing’s remarks on CPIB and corruption in Singapore. The report quoted the minister’s comments made during the ongoing Committee of Supply debate (for Prime Minister’s office) on 1 March 2018.
“Ministers do not usually make comments in vacuum during such debate. He was in fact responding to two MPs who raised different issues relating to corruption in Singapore which CNA very strangely omitted from mentioning (the Straits Times did not report on this at all). I was one of the two MPs who spoke on this.
“I said in my speech that it is startling that the existence of bribery contracts and payments somehow seemed to have escaped the notice of Keppel’s senior management, board of directors, audit committees and external auditors for 14 years and asked whether this point to the weaknesses in our current company and auditing regime?
“I said that anti-corruption policies seem to be something of an afterthought in our companies and disclosure of the existence of an anti-corruption policy by public listed companies is startlingly low.
“I proposed changes in our companies regulations regarding anti-corruption and whistle-blowing. I also proposed changes in our Prevention of Corruption Act including to allow an offence against the bribery of a foreign government official (which was what happened in the Keppel case).
“I also suggested that the independence requirements of the board of directors should be enhanced. I said that an independent director to our government linked companies should have no past or present political affiliation to the ruling party or occupational affiliation to the public service.
“Minister Chan thanked both MPs for our suggestions and said that CPIB will take into account our suggestions in their reviews. I will share the video of my speech separately.”

Channel NewsAsia only reported on Chan Chun Sing’s subsequent comments during the Committee of Supply (COS) debates on Thursday (Mar 1).

The Minister had said that corruption in Singapore remains “under control” and that the latest Transparency International – Corruption Perceptions Index (TI-CPI) from 2017 in which Singapore was ranked 6out of 180 countries shows that it is “one of the least corrupt countries in the world”.

He added, however, that low crime does not equate to no crime: “This can be seen from the corruption statistics released by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in recent years which showed that Singapore has one of the world’s lowest incidence of corruption.

“Nevertheless, while the absolute numbers are low, we note that the majority of the cases come from the private sector. This is why the CPIB recognises that it is important to engage the private and business sectors to enhance their awareness of anti-corruption measures and to share best practices with them.”

Besides praising the CPIB for their work, Chan revealed that the CPIB and the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) have been reviewing the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA). He said, in part: “Our PCA has to remain effective to deal with the many manifestations of corrupt practices and conduct.”

I read with amusement the Channelnewsasia report on Minister Chan Chun Sing's remarks on CPIB and corruption in…

Posted by Dennis Tan Lip Fong 陈立峰 on Friday, 2 March 2018

40 COMMENTS

  1. Fortunately, we have workers Party in the parliament house otherwise all the dust mites will be swept under the red carpet!
    Singaporeans must bear in mind that we need more opposition parties in parliament do as to have transparency, justice and equality especially to return our CPF funds and return our rights to vote for our President !!!

  2. Playing selective reporting and half truth without context is a subtle way to limit information flow and create a false picture of what has transpired. That’s another reason why resumption of live streaming for parliamentary debate is not desirable and agreeable by the whitish cult.

  3. Why I am not surprised. They have another Paper General managing SPH. This same Paper General cost NOL to loose Billions and one year sfter it was sold to French group, NOL makes a profit. WHAT A BLOODY JOKE. Do our Government or Tumasek Board feel no Shame??????????

  4. That’s what hapoens when there’s no freedom of press. And soon they’ll stop or arrest those who voice their opinions on Facebook. ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY! Wake up Singapore!

  5. CPIB is under PM’s office and when there is corruption in GLCs where TC has major stake in them and where HC is TC’s chairman, you get zero accountability.

  6. The media are pilitical operatives with bylines. Understand that and all becomes much clearer

  7. Can we suspect that this is so true? But if I don’t have any facts, I am not allowed to suspect. If I have fact to suspect, then do i still need to suspect?

  8. No choice , the government control main state media , state TV and state radio for the last over 50 years and used its as a propaganda machine..

  9. Not surprising there was no report what the opposition says on this subject. After all who owns the media? There will come a time when people will say… enough is enough … and will act accordingly !

  10. What’s the difference between us and communist country? Propaganda and blocking or manupulating of news and information in this digital world can only back fire !

  11. Fake news is when news came out distorting the truth or is false.

    Omission of pertinent news is called what? If sg academic results is a fair measurement of wisdom then it cannot be that majority are IGNORANT of the Truths and happily accept it.

    My child shall be sent overseas for education. Here the system is based on rote learning although now they sugar coat it as having improved. But that’s from their mouthpiece. The truth we will never know.

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