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Workers' Party MPs to raise Keppel corruption case in Parliament

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Yahoo News Singapore
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Aljunied GRC Member of Parliament Pritam Singh says the opposition party will raise questions about the Keppel Offshore & Marine corruption case at the next sitting of Parliament on 8 January.

In a Facebook note, Singh said that he and his colleagues had filed Parliamentary Questions for the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister.

For example, Hougang MP Png Eng Huat is enquiring how much more time the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) will need to complete the investigations in respect of the Singaporeans involved in the case, and how far back in time it will go.

Singh will also ask how many Singapore Government-Linked Companies (GLCs) or their subsidiaries locally or overseas have been investigated or continue to be investigated by local or overseas authorities for corrupt practices over the last 30 years.

Last Thursday, US officials said that Keppel has agreed to pay US$422 million (S$564 million) in fines to the US, Brazil and Singapore to settle bribery cases involving Brazilian contracts. Court documents also showed that former Keppel lawyer Jeffrey Chow had cut a deal to help US prosecutors in their probe.

“Amidst the shocking revelation of what must be one of the largest corruption scandals in the history of Singapore’s Government Linked Companies, I was most surprised to see the virtual absence of any substantive information on this scandal on the AGC or CPIB websites except a brief media statement on the conditional warning given to Keppel, something made even more curious in view of Keppel’s denial over a year ago that its top executives were even involved in giving out bribes for contracts,” said Singh.

He added, “This corruption scandal invites many other angles to consider too, so I was rather surprised to see no question on the matter filed by any PAP MP, suggesting that a Ministerial Statement may well be made.”

“But then again, the Speaker has the power to allow questions to be admitted after 26 Dec 2017, if he determines to allow so.”

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