Thursday, June 21, 2012

Eliminating Corruption


If it's on the internet, it must be true and if it's on the Facebook then it definitely is!?
So here we are - people sharing this picture/message status in Pakistan but no one bothering to take a moment to ascertain or verify the claim.
Facts:
(1.)  Singapore has only 87 members of the parliament. Where did these 142 corrupt ministers and officers come from?
(2.)  Despite extensive search, I have been unable to find a single mention of such 142 arrests in a single day.
(3.)  Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) which investigates and prosecutes corruption in the public and private sectors in Singapore is a government agency and not a self-appointed citizen group as of Kisan Baburao Hazare's Jan Lokpal Committee (as the message implies).
(4.)  CPIB was established by the British colonial government in 1952 (and not 1982 as the message implies) and housed in the Attorney-General's Office. When Singapore attained self-government in 1959, prime minister Lee Kuan Yew moved it to the Prime Minister's Office.
(5.)  It’s absolutely incorrect, absurd and misleading that people pay NO taxes in Singapore. People pay all kinds of taxes including income tax, property tax, GST, customs and excise duties, motor vehicle taxes, stamp duty, betting tax, foreign worker levy, airport passenger tax, etc. Of course, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore is not meant to sell betel-nuts!
(6.)  Another absurd claim is about cheaper prices. There is nothing cheap in Singapore and it is in the list of top 10 most expensive countries/cities. It has a high standard of living with about $60,000 GDP per capita; data on the official poverty line are not available.
(7.)  The claims about literacy and unemployment rates are closer to the actual but are still not perfectly accurate.
Wake Up, Pakistan! One wonders if such misinformation is being deliberately floated to create illusions and help someone's political future? Get your facts straight before riding the bandwagon!
Yes, it's agreed that an anti-corruption movement is needed and will definitely help but it won't make Pakistan Singapore, nor do we exactly want it so!!
'Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities' - Voltaire

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