The recent completion of the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) inquiry into Transport Minister S. Iswaran is now in the hands of the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), according to The Straits Times.
The situation unfolded when Iswaran was arrested on July 11, 2023, by the CPIB in connection to a corruption probe.
Education Minister Chan Chun Sing addressed the Parliament on Jan 9, offering assurances about the due legal process, in response to queries from Progress Singapore Party Non-Constituency MP Hazel Poa, where he emphasized the importance of following the legal process.
His written response on behalf of the Prime Minister sought to alleviate public concerns about the integrity of the investigation.
Arrest and Bail of S. Iswaran
Iswaran’s arrest on July 11, 2023, resulted in his release on bail. The ongoing legal proceedings have left the political future of the Transport Minister hanging in the balance.
The roots of the corruption probe trace back to an unrelated investigation. However, the details surrounding the specific allegations against Transport Minister Iswaran remain undisclosed.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong then made the decision to instruct Iswaran to take a leave of absence, with the latter also having his MP allowance reduced to $8,500 per month.
The involvement of property tycoon Ong Beng Seng in the corruption probe, particularly someone known for bringing Formula One to Singapore, adds another layer of complexity to the case.
Desmond Lee’s Perspective
National Development Minister Desmond Lee expressed his concern about the “very worrying development” in an interview, highlighting the significant impact on West Coast GRC. As the overseer of the Boon Lay ward, Lee shed light on the repercussions of the corruption probe.
West Coast GRC, a group representation constituency, comprises five divisions, each with its unique characteristics. The corruption investigation has cast a shadow over this constituency, affecting the political landscape.
Iswaran’s Political Career
With an illustrious political career spanning since 1997, Iswaran has held various ministerial positions. From education to home affairs and communications and information, his contributions have been noteworthy.
Having served as an MP for West Coast GRC for 26 years, the impact of the corruption probe on this long-standing career remains uncertain.