Singapore Transport Minister S. Iswaran assisting in CPIB investigation

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has instructed him to take leave of absence amid the formal probe by anti-graft body

Transport Minister S. Iswaran (PHOTO: MCI)
Transport Minister S. Iswaran (PHOTO: MCI)

SINGAPORE — Transport Minister S. Iswaran is currently assisting the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) in an investigation.

Media outlets in Singapore reported on Wednesday (12 July) that CPIB acknowledged the interest by the public in this case because a minister is being interviewed.

"As investigations are ongoing, CPIB is unable to provide further details," it added.

"CPIB will investigate this case thoroughly with strong resolve to establish the facts and the truth, and to uphold the rule of law.

"Singapore adopts a strict zero-tolerance approach towards corruption. CPIB investigates all cases without fear or favour and will not hesitate to take action against any parties involved in corrupt activities.”

PM Lee instructs leave of absence for Iswaran

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong confirmed the investigation on his social media pages on Wednesday. He said the CPIB director had briefed him on the case, and sought his concurrence to open a formal investigation, which would involved interviewing Iswaran.

"I gave Director CPIB my concurrence on 6 July 2023, following which the formal investigation began on 11 July 2023," PM Lee wrote in his social media posts.

"I have instructed Minister Iswaran to take leave of absence until these investigations are completed. In Minister Iswaran's absence, Senior Minister of State Chee Hong Tat will be Acting Minister for Transport."

Iswaran was elected into Parliament in 1997, and had served as Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Trade and Industry, Communication and Information and Transport ministries.

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