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It's people, not the system, that will keep graft out: PM Lee

Published on Mar 29, 2014 7:23 PM
 
Singapore has a strong anti-corruption system and values but it is not the system that will continue keeping it clean. It is the people who run it who will do so, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

Singapore has a strong anti-corruption system and values but it is not the system that will continue keeping it clean. It is the people who run it who will do so, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

He made this point on Friday during a dialogue at independent think-tank Chatham House, while responding to questions from Mr Malcolm Rifkind, the chair, and an audience of academics, diplomats and London's intellectual elite.

Mr Rifkind, a former minister in the Conservative Government of prime ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major, asked what Mr Lee felt was Singapore's unique selling point.

He replied that it was a first world system in a very complicated and non-first world part of the world. Things work, people are well-educated and the government is incorruptible, efficient, and tries to be consistent over a long period.

 
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