Majority reluctant to report graft

  • AseanPlus News
  • Saturday, 05 Apr 2003

THREE in five Singaporeans would be reluctant to report corruption to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, a new survey shows. 

The reasons range from not wanting to get involved to fear of repercussions. 

And some said it would depend on who it was that was behaving corruptly - indicating that they would keep mum if it was a friend or relative. 

The results of the bureau's first public perception survey, released on Thursday, also suggested it could do more to shed light on its work.  

A thousand people were interviewed face-to-face for the survey, which was commissioned last October.  

More than four in 10 said the bureau should hold fairs or give out brochures, to educate the public about fighting corruption. 

Many said the bureau would get more co-operation from people if it fostered a good relationship with the public. 

The bureau holds regular talks on corruption, but they are mainly for civil servants. 

Acknowledging that the bureau had always kept a low profile, its spokesman said it would start promoting itself actively. 

The survey showed the bureau was perceived as effective, with nine in 10 saying corruption was very much under control here. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network 

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