18 January 2011

The six elements necessary for a trustworthy organisation involve not only active leadership to develop, promote and integrate standards, but also decisive action where breaches occur, so that staff know where they stand.

Singapore media suggest that a corrupt senior official may receive  what is, in effect, a life sentence when his case is finalised soon. He has been charged with 372 offences, each carrying a ten year penalty. The expectation is of a very long sentence. It will be clear to Singapore’s public servants that the Government is determined to preserve its place as the least corrupt public administration (equal with New Zealand) as assessed by Transparency International.

The offences, involving more than $12.5 million are said to have severely shaken public confidence in government control systems.