Lee himself (the Father) issued his own press statement to comment that the latest revelations involving sex being exchanged for favourable outcomes are "new forms of corruption", adding, "There is no end to human ingenuity."
Going back a few years, in a speech to the Singapore Advocates and Solicitors Society on March 18, 1967, the same man made the following observations:
We live in an area where to be corrupt is a way of life. And there are scales starting from 20 cents for this and 40 cents for that, to two dollars for this. There are rates for the job. You know it, I know it. What is most important really for us is that because it is a way of life for others around us, it has to be understood.
What is your answer? I say unless you are able to give our civil servants that pride in their standards and reward them for being able to maintain those standards, the standards in the end will be undermined. (LKY, The Man and His Ideas, page 196)
Well, those 20 to 40 cents are now in the rarefied atmosphere of hundreds of thousands, and yet the evil has not been expunged. The price of pride to maintain the elusive standards continue to be escalated with no ceiling in sight. Recall the member of parliament who once said one of our ministers will be embarrassed when clinking glasses in the cocktail circuit of businessmen if his salary was short of a million bucks. It was an ingenious argument of course, the same sort of human ingenuity referred to by one of the Republic's founding fathers.