Thursday, November 1, 2012

CPIB Questioned

District Judge Siva Shanmugam and Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Ken Hwee were understandably miffed when the court heard that the Deputy Director of Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) Teng Khee Fatt may have his own agenda in the case against former Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) chief Ng Boon Gay. Latter's defense counsel Tan Chee Meng was accused of "casting aspersion" on the integrity of the CPIB, specifically by mentioning that somebody was "bent on proving charges" against Ng. All these guys (save the lawyer in private practice) are civil servants of the same cloth.  Watching them go at each other like fighting cocks engaged in illegal blood sport is such sweet theater. Will the CPIB ever be investigated for corrupt practices?
Deputy  Director Teng's personalised treatment for witness questioned
CPIB's Teng could simply stop filing investigation details when he felt like it, even though there's a law mandating police officers to do so. Maybe that law applies only to the rank and file members, not Deputy Directors. Challenged about  an entry concerning a witness being willing to take a polygraph test, Teng's dismissed the incongruence with: "I left out the 'not'." Leaving us to believe it was just another honest mistake in the everyday life of a law enforcement officer. The court should make Teng take the polygraph test on this.

What is real maddening is the deal making that goes on in his office. Teng confirms this (see left clipping). Worse, Teng seems emboldened to change the course of justice to suit his personal predilection, or maybe that's the new normal in our judicial system. But who would have known that the CPIB has the authority to direct how the mainstream media should put the spin on this major case of corruption in the upper echelons of civil service?

A friend was once interviewed for some minor infringement, and the investigating officer assured him he would be given a warning letter. Imagine the shock when same officer informed him later that his superior overruled the official recommendation and insisted on a charge. After months, and lots of lawyer monies, the charge was dropped. All because somebody wanted to play God. That's why sometimes boys in blue are as odious as men in white.


  1. This is disturbing.

  2. If CPIB is corrupt, you can imagine how bad the situation is above.

  3. In Imperial China there were court intrigues. Even among the eunuchs, who castrated themselves to serve the Emperor, there were intrigues, upmanship, backstabbing, and so on.

  4. How can he said his subordinate officer make a mistake putting on record about him interviewing the witness? Whichever the case, can such mistakes be made when they are talking about putting a person to jail?

  5. It looks like no all things are well in Singapore. All those best in the world claims need further examination.

  6. "Even among the eunuchs, who castrated themselves to serve the Emperor, there were intrigues, upmanship, backstabbing, and so on."

    Do I have to castrate myself if I join the Millionaires-In-White?

    1. That and your soul. But that's ok, you don't need either because in lala land, you don't need either to have fun, money can buy anything.

    2. So first I castrate myself.
      Then I use my million dollar salary to buy my place in heaven through the blessings of a Million dollar church?

      And for fun, use money to buy sex from an underaged girl?

    3. And "be in the flow, rather than trying to fight the flow.” While mere mortals pray to the God of Mercy, Kuan Yin, you pray to the God of No Mercy, to be richly rewarded.

    4. Lee Kuan Yin, God of No Mercy.

      That's a good one!

    5. Kuan Yin: Goddess of Mercy.
      Kuan Yew: God of No Mercy.

      PAP-MIW Joke

      An American tourist was visiting a temple in Singapore when he noticed two statues of a man and a woman by the altar.

      He asked the monk what was the significance of the two. The monk explained that in the Chinese system of yin and yang, positives must always be balanced by negatives, and having the two statues ensured that the universal balance was maintained.

      "This statue of the woman is the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan-Yin."
      "What about the other one?" asked the tourist.

      In a hushed voice, the monk said, "This one is the God of No Mercy, Kuan-Yew."

    6. Very well explained in term of Yin and Yang.
      It is the real opposite and hitting the bullseye.

    7. Yes castrate yourself but you have to perfect the fine art of rolling in their laps in RC first.

  7. CPIB. Hmmmm.
    Our defenders against corruption?

    Who watches the watchmen?
    Who guards the guardians?

    Our President watches over our Singapore reserves.
    So who watches our President?
    ---> Our Opposition MPs.
    If not our Opposition MPs, then who?

    1. No lah.. it is us the voters.

    2. Us the voters?
      We are not that smart.
      Better to elect Opposition MPs.
      They can keep an eye on the President.
      Full time, 24 hours a day.
      And get paid a salary for it too.

  8. But who elect the opposition? The voters right, tio bo?

    1. It's still better to have professional politicians from the Opposition to keep an eye on our President.
      The old boy may need some help in his advancing years.
      We don't want him to overtax his ageing body and eyesight.

    2. Opposition MPs can ask questions in parliament.
      Voters not allowed to ask questions in parliament.
      So I agree. Opposition MPs make better watchdogs than voters.

  9. What kind of Singapore are we living in?
    Who else could be trusted?
    Areas in education, medical, transportation, public housing, journalism, etc are all in question.
    They is no more honesty in Singapore.
    You can't trust the Doctor, the newspaper, the ever-rising HDB prices, under maintained trains system, etc
    The system is all out to leech on you, the honest people.

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  11. This is so disturbing that CPIB is playing God. How come they do not investigate MP, ministers and the top Guvment people? No man is a saint. All sure got skeletons. Just that they are not found out yet. So we poor citizen got investigated and put away. By the way, how come so many anonymous? No one want to put their name for fear of being hauled to CPIB is it?

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