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Transparency According to Transparency International’s 2010, Singapore was named the first place in tie with Denmark and New Zealand as the least corrupt country . However, Singapore hasn’t always been graft free. According to Quah, 2015 some of the factors that led to corruption in Singapore then includes low salaries, opportunities and policing. Mr. Lee’s fight against corruption is one of the main reason Singapore has been so successful in getting clear of this behavior, despite its history. Process Carrot and stick approach He decided to start with a clean slate. In the 1959 election, the Peoples’ Action Party (PAP) campaigned against the Government’s corrupt practices. Right after assuming office as first Prime Minister, he adopted a carrot and stick approach to compact corruption . The main objective of his team was to prevent corruption within public service (Corruption.net, 2015). A statement made by Lee Kuan Yuew in 1979 stated that “The moment key leaders are less than incorruptible, less than stern in demanding high standards, from that moment the structure of administrative integrity will weaken, and eventually crumble. Singapore can survive only if Ministers and senior officers are incorruptible and efficient. Only when we uphold the integrity of the administration can the economy work in a way which enables Singaporeans to clearly see the nexus between hard work and high rewards” (Mindef Singapore, 2013). Enacted the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA) Mr. Lee institutionalized a robust, comprehensive anti-corruption framework that spans laws, enforcement, the public service and public outreach. Any unexplained wealth disproportionate to known sources of income is presumed to be from graft and can be confiscated. The PCA provides for extra-territorial jurisdiction, so that the actions of Singaporean citizens overseas are treated the same as actions committed in Singapore, regardless of whether such corrupt acts have consequences for Singapore.
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