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CPIB completed investigation into S. Iswaran with case referred to AGC for further action: Chan Chun Sing

The investigation of Singapore’s Transport Minister S. Iswaran by the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) has concluded, leading to the referral of the case to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) for further legal action.

This update was provided in Parliament on January 9 by Education Minister Chan Chun Sing in response to a parliamentary question from Progress Singapore Party’s (PSP) Non-Constituency MP Hazel Poa.



The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) of Singapore has finalized its investigation into Transport Minister S. Iswaran, bringing a high-profile case one step closer to legal resolution.

The case has now been referred to the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) for further action.

This update was provided in Parliament on Tuesday (9 Jan) by Education Minister Chan Chun Sing in response to a parliamentary question from Progress Singapore Party’s (PSP) Non-Constituency MP Hazel Poa.

Representing the Prime Minister, Mr Chan, who is also the Minister in charge of Public Service, emphasized the public’s keen interest in the case and assured that “this case will be put through the due legal process.” He described the CPIB’s investigation as both “robust and thorough.”

The investigation began following Mr Iswaran’s arrest by CPIB on 11 July 2023, after which he was released on bail. In mid-July, CPIB also confirmed the arrest of billionaire businessman Ong Beng Seng as part of the same corruption probe. Mr Ong, renowned for bringing Formula One to Singapore, was likewise released on bail.

Since his arrest, Mr Iswaran has been directed to take a leave of absence from his duties and is now constrained to remain in Singapore during the ongoing investigation, with restricted access to official resources and government buildings.

His ministerial pay has been reduced to S$8,500 although he continues to receive his Member of Parliament allowance of around S$192,500 annually.

In a recent interview with The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao on January 8, National Development Minister Desmond Lee expressed his concerns about the impact of this probe on West Coast GRC, particularly highlighting its significant effects on the West Coast ward overseen by Mr Iswaran.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in a Parliament session on 2 August 2023, disclosed that the CPIB had found evidence necessitating further investigation into Mr Iswaran’s activities, first informing the Prime Minister on 29 May last year.

On 5 July, CPIB’s Director briefed the Prime Minister, stressing the necessity for a formal interview with Iswaran to progress the inquiry. PM Lee sanctioned this on 6 July.

The corruption investigation stems from an earlier, unrelated inquiry, though specific details regarding the allegations against Mr Iswaran have not been disclosed.

Mr Iswaran’s political journey began with his election debut in 1997 when he was part of the four-member team of the People’s Action Party (PAP) in the West Coast GRC.

Prior to his suspension, he was in charge of the GRC’s West Coast ward.

In the wake of the 2011 General Election, Mr Iswaran’s hard work was acknowledged as he ascended to the full ministerial role in the Cabinet. He was appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Home Affairs, and Second Minister for Trade and Industry.

Following the 2015 General Election, Mr Iswaran embarked on a new journey as he gave up his three positions in October 2015 to assume the responsibility of Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), serving alongside Mr Lim Hng Kiang, who held the role of Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade).

On 1 May 2018, Mr Iswaran diversified his portfolio by becoming the Minister for Communications and Information whilst continuing his role as Minister In-Charge of Trade Relations in the Ministry of Trade and Industry (Singapore).

After securing his position in the 2020 General Election, Mr Iswaran held on to his role as Minister in the Ministry of Communications and Information.

Later, following a Cabinet reshuffle on 15 May 2021, Mr Iswaran expanded his role by becoming the Minister for Transport, while still maintaining his appointment as Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations.

The last instance of a Cabinet minister being involved in a CPIB probe occurred in November 1986, when then National Development Minister Teh Cheang Wan was investigated for allegedly accepting bribes. Mr Teh committed suicide before he could be charged in court.

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Now stick out your left hand – “piak”! Stick out your left hand – “piak”! again. Now be a good boy and don’t go into the F1 vip room ever again, you hear? Good boy, now let me arrange another nice cushy job in some glc or crony setup for you so you can still maintain your current standards of living ya…

Liew Mun Leong, maid employer … case. KOM……insufficient evidence……3rd case iswaran……insufficient evidence……..also no case.

Hard rock boss, builder of Nassim jade…… case as Bernie already paid fine.

Again someone els
e speaks for him

$8.5k x 12 months= $102k. not bad. tsk tsk tsk

The corrupt practices investigation in SG is just A REWIND and A REWIND and ANOTHER REWIND – it gets CLEARER with each rewind, AND IT ALSO GETS FASTER every rewind IS REHASHED, AND… ReHashed.

(The AG)’s a friend – A friend in NEED is a FRIEND INDEED.

1st step : Tharman’s Bill. Status: completed!
2nd step: AGC to charge him with least / weakest sentences. Status: ongoing.

Phey Yew Kok is the authority to Respond Professionally with CREDIBLE answers that all posters here are seeking and querying.

Let’s look out for a huge galor of motherhood statements, general meaning statements BUT NIL on specifics.

Ask yourself this..
CPIB report to who?
AGC AG report to who?
You think they want to break their golden rice bowl?

As many would’ve suggested here, … unless it’s straightstraightforward and as clear as bloody day, … with witnesses and recordings at every juncture, which would then point towards a case that has prosecutorial merits.

However, if it deviates in the very slightest to the above, then I’m afraid, … it’ll be far too complex and cumbersome for this regime and it’s agencies !!!

Another day, in clean, clear and corrupt~free SillyPore, … … haha88hahahaha !!!

Ah chan, trusting the cpib to be “robust and thorough”, cpib being placed under the executive branch of pap government, is like trusting the fox to guard the hen house. Why, pap had already swept under the carpet the KOM corruption, which had been found guilty of bribery corruption by American prosecutors. Why? Is the pap protecting its own white species? Will it not protect its own white iswaran species this time round? Trust the pap fox. Ya, right.

If KOM can be swept under carpets , i don’t see HOW this case…can’t!

Unless some smart alec tells others here…..well, KOM was different.
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8 patients died in SGH’s Hep C ward, yet over the then-Health Minister can be absolved using the No Blaming Culture excuse. This case no deaths, so should be easy to find a clause to pardon – maybe just a Stern Warning, hor. As long as the Kayu Son continues shielding his million$ ministers, nothing will change.

Frankly, I believe the G would not dare whitewash this case. To do so would almost be to guarantee West Coast GRC would go opposition next GE.

Voters are not stupid and many would not stand for a whitewash. Already West Coast GRC was a near miss for the opposition. As I stated elsewhere, this GRC is there for the taking. A whitewash would push voters over the edge.

Corrupt Administration!

That right hand passing to that left hand.The final verdict is clear for all to see.Nonotheless ,let’s see how many more GRCs the incumbent will loose in the coming GE.

AGC going to say not enough evidence to charge him like the KOM executives? He is going to be whitewashed for West coast GRC? 6 months to investigate for a SMART NATION? Perhaps the SMART NATION endeavour should also be investigated for another six months. 😡

Any bets on the case getting whitewashed because of the impending GE? I mean, Karl Liew only got a wrist tap with a downy feather …