Corruption is a crime in Singapore. Both the corruptors and the corrupted are dealt with the full force of the law if caught in the act of corruption. This does not mean corruption is not happening in Singapore. As Prof. Quah has rightly observed corruption is still present in Singapore. But it requires creative minds to stay clear off from being caught. In my observation Prof. Quah has overlooked key reasons for corruption not taking root in Singapore. I think the reason why my country has little or close to no corruption is due to the following steps taken by those in authority since independence:
- Induct thugs and criminals as part of the government.
- Give them good posts with all the perks
- Supply them with money, girls and what they want.
- Record their activities through videos and blackmail them.
- Identify key families and neutralize them
- Plant agents into such families and hijack them
- Replace genuine communal leaders with party tugs
- Bankrupt those who question the government
- Spy on one another
- Regulate immorality by moralizing it
- Use the corrupted criminal department to corrupt the people
And there are many more ingenious and crafty methods employed by people in authority to keep a check on corruption. If by luck anyone outsmarts the system it can arrange some coincidental freak accident or incident to silence the person forever. China should learn all these time-tested and perfected art and science of corruption management. But one problem China faces is that it doesn't have the dark rats to do the dirty works. In my country such works are done by the little devils who serve as the thin layer that shelters the Chinese ruler from the Chinese subjects, not to mention the second-class subjects. China should look for these rats before it can fight corruption.