Singapore continues to see a low incidence of corruption, the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said on Thursday, April 22.
The number of new cases registered for investigation by the CPIBB remained low. This is consistent with the trends in previous years.
The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau is a government agency in Singapore which investigates and prosecutes corruption in the public and private sectors. The agency works closely with partners from various industry sectors and the community to combat corruption.
On an annual basis, the percentage of new cases registered for investigation relative to the number of corruption-related reports received has been consistent.
In 2018, the CPIB received 358 corruption-related reports, a 3 percent dip from the 368 corruption-related reports received in 2017. The CPIB registered 107 new cases for investigation in 2018, a 4 percent increase compared to the year before.
CPIB also noted that private sector cases continue to form the majority of CPIB’s investigation.
Singapore remains well-regarded internationally for our anti-corruption efforts. In 2018, Transparency International ranked Singapore in joint 3rd position (alongside Finland, Sweden and Switzerland) out of 180 countries and territories. This was Singapore’s best ranking since 2010. With a Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) score of 85, this was also the country's best score since 2015.
Singapore remained the only Asian country in the top 10 ranking, CPIB added.
Denmark and New Zealand claimed the first and second place respectively. The most corrupt countries according to the Transparency International index are South Sudan, Syria and Somalia.
While Singapore has done well in our fight against corruption, there is no room for complacency, CPIB added.