Singapore: Corruption-related reports in Singapore drop to 5-year low amid Covid-19 pandemic

Graft-related reports plunged to a five-year low in 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic, said the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) on Thursday (April 22) when it released its annual statistics.

It showed last year’s 239 corruption-related reports are down by about 31 per cent from the 350 reported in 2019, and 358 in 2018.

CPIB said this could be attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic which caused a sharp fall in economic activities in the private sector.

Mr Denis Tang, director of CPIB, said: “Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, Singapore continues to maintain its low corruption level and good international standing as one of the least corrupt nations in the world. This requires our constant vigilance and resolute determination to keep corruption at bay.”

Of the 239 corruption-related reports received, CPIB registered 81 reports as new cases for investigation last year. This is a drop from the 119 new cases registered in 2019.

The conviction rate for CPIB cases in 2020 remained near perfect at 97 per cent, excluding withdrawals.

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