SINGAPORE: S. Iswaran, the country’s Transport Minister currently involved in an investigation carried out by Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB), was seen for the first time at the CPIB office on Tuesday, July 18.
Mr Iswaran is said to have arrived at the CPIB building at Lengkok Bahru in Redhill at 10:50 am and was spotted as he exited the building at around 8:48 that night.
He arrived in a grey Mazda 6 saloon and left the building in a dark Audi sports utility vehicle, say news reports from CNA and TODAY.
The Minister and billionaire businessman Ong Beng were arrested on Jul 11 in connection to the case, and both men are assisting in the probe and are out on bail.
PM Lee said in a Facebook post that the Director of the CPIB had briefed him on July 5 regarding a case the Bureau had uncovered. CPIB had sought his concurrence to open a formal investigation that would include an interview with Mr Iswaran and 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,” added the Prime Minister.
Senior Minister of State Chee Hong Tat will be Acting Minister for Transport in the interim.
While no details about the investigation have been released, rumours have been circulating online, suggesting that the probe may be related to the Formula 1 races in Singapore.
These rumours gained traction due to the simultaneous arrest of billionaire businessman Ong Beng Seng, who played a pivotal role in bringing the F1 races to Singapore. The CPIB asked Mr Ong to provide information regarding his interactions with Minister Iswaran. /TISG
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