Mascot Kopi Lim is here to help Singapore fight corruption

Nicholas Yong
Assistant News Editor
PHOTO: CPIB Facebook page

Even the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) cannot resist the allure of cute mascots. Its new representative is a “whiter than white” bear called Kopi Lim.

The agency introduced its new mascot in a Facebook post on Saturday (16 Sept), explaining that Kopi Lim stands for Kaypoh (inquisitive), Organised, Positive, Industrious, Levelheaded, Innovative, Meticulous.

“I will work hard with the rest of the CPIB officers to battle corruption swiftly and surely, without fear or favour!” pledged Kopi Lim.

In Hokkien, “lim kopi” literally means “to drink coffee”. If someone is invited to “lim kopi” by the authorities, it often implies that one has fallen afoul of them.

The post has since been shared 140 times. While most Facebook users who commented or shared the post said the mascot was cute, a few wondered what the agency was doing.

“CPIB trying to be cute. I don’t know how I feel about this,” wrote Facebook user Daphne Maia Loo. Another user, Jarrod Luo wrote, “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.”

On Monday, Kopi Lim “posted” his first Facebook post on CPIB’s page describing his first day of work.

“I have some time to read up on the CPIB’s history and just found out that today is our 65th birthday! Founded in 1952, the first Director CPIB, Mr Richard Middleton-Smith led a lean outfit of only 13 officers to combat corruption. From their small room at the Old Supreme Court, the team managed to uncover widespread corruption and valuable information on opium smuggling. Corruption was rife then. 5 locations and 65 years later, Singapore is now one of the least corrupt nations in the world,” said Kopi Lim.

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