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Fraud & Corruption: Govt Still Tough?

In the first Parliamentary sitting of 2018, members of the Parliament raised multiple questions on two scandals – the S$40 million defraudment of SkillsFuture Singapore and the corrupt payments made by Keppel Offshore & Marine in Brazil.

More Singaporeans (65%) have paid attention to the SkillsFuture fraud as compared to the Keppel O&M bribery (60%). Singaporeans are also more likely to feel affected by the SkillsFuture scam (25%), also the largest defraudment of a public institution to date, as opposed to the Keppel O&M case (18%). Close to half (49%) believe that both incidents have adversely impacted Singaporeans.

Q. Do you feel the Government response to these two matters has been satisfactory?

Although reactions to the Government’s response to these crises are ambivalent, there remains a strong belief that Singapore is still tough on corruption. Whilst only 34% and 42% are satisfied with the responses to the Keppel O&M case and the SkillsFuture scam respectively, 7 in 10 (70%) believe that Singapore is as tough, if not tougher, on corruption and public fraud today as it has been in the past.