‘The solution is doing right by one’s conscience and the law’: Former Auditor General publishes book

A former auditor-general discusses his book and dilemmas during his public service years

Mr Lim Soo Ping, 69, an adjunct professor at Singapore Management University, spent 37 years in public service. As former auditor-general and secretary to the public service and legal service commissions at different times, he often faced decisions b
Mr Lim Soo Ping, 69, an adjunct professor at Singapore Management University, spent 37 years in public service. As former auditor-general and secretary to the public service and legal service commissions at different times, he often faced decisions between "right and right", with no clear correct path to take.ST PHOTO: MARCELLIN ANGELO LOPEZ

Over 30 years ago, officers from the then Singapore Customs and Excise Department took extraordinary steps to recover $8.15 from the crew member of a boat who was mistakenly given an extra day's wages.

To recover the money, the officers from the government department, which became Singapore Customs, made three round trips by speedboat, spending $300 worth of petrol to get to the man who lived on an island.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 22, 2019, with the headline ''The solution is doing right by one's conscience and the law''. Subscribe